San Diego, CA- With the 837th overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres selected Heisman award winner and Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Here’s the twitter reaction to the Padres drafting Johnny Manziel:
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) June 7, 2014
Johnny Baseball shirts all around!!! — Friarhood (@friarhood) June 7, 2014
Here’s my question – Which team were the Padres worried about taking Johnny Manziel in the 29th round? — Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) June 7, 2014
Johnny Manziel is naturally trending in San Diego, which is something none of their draft picks have done. So, mission accomplished — Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) June 7, 2014
Johnny Manziel threw out ceremonial 1st pitch for Padres in May 2013. He must have made an impression. pic.twitter.com/8TrTWRQtMv
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 7, 2014
I had a 31st-round grade on Johnny Manziel, think the Padres reached
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) June 7, 2014
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.
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.