San Diego, CA- You can’t make this stuff up. With the 837th overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres have selected Heisman award winner and Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.
— SD SportingNews (@SD_SportingNews) June 7, 2014
Before Johnny Football, there was Johnny Baseball.
Johnny Manziel hasn’t played baseball since high school, but did throw out a first pitch and take batting practice with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in May 2013 and I guess the Padres were impressed with what they saw.
In high school Johnny Manziel was a middle infielder at Tivy High School (Kerrville, Texas). Manziel didn’t play baseball his senior year because he graduated early to play quarterback at Texas A&M. In his final year of baseball as a junior, Johnny Manziel batted .416 with seven home runs and 35 RBI’s.
In a report by Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan he explained how Johnny Manziel’s baseball skill set actually attracted the attention of Major League scouts and college coaches.
In the report Passan interviewed major league baseball scouts who viewed Johnny Manziel as a do-everything center fielder whose speed would help him track balls in the gaps and swipe bases. When Manziel originally committed to the University of Oregon out of high school, Manziel planned on playing both baseball and football for the Ducks before committing to Texas A&M instead.
This isn’t the first time a Major League team has drafted an NFl player, as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft last off-season.