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.
— SD SportingNews (@SD_SportingNews) June 7, 2014
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.