Just call him Johnny Baseball.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday — the 837th player taken. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football.
Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, was taken by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month.
Meanwhile, TCU had four more players selected and UT Arlington three more to give each school six players taken in the three-day draft.
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It was the first time three UTA players were taken in the first 10 rounds.
“Big thank you to the (at)Padres and (at)padresmikedee for selecting me in the MLB draft,” Manziel wrote on his Twitter page. “What a great day!”
Mike Dee, the Padres’ president and CEO, tweeted back: “Best athlete on the board… (hash)JohnnyBaseball.”
Manziel played baseball and football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, and asked Texas A&M coaches about being part of the baseball team before winning the Aggies’ starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman.
Earlier in the week, Manziel — decked out in an Indians jersey — was set to throw out the first pitch in Cleveland before the Indians played Boston. His toss was washed out by rain that delayed the start.
But, in May 2013, Manziel took batting practice with the Padres at Petco Park and tossed out a football-style first pitch as he dropped back, scrambled to the side of the mound and floated a bootleg “pass” to San Diego outfielder Mark Kotsay, who caught it behind his back with his glove. On Manziel’s first swing in batting practice, the bat flew out of his hands, but he settled down and later drove a pitch off the right-field wall.
Players with area ties selected in baseball’s 2014 First-Year Player Draft:
Royals: Brandon Finnegan (17th overall), TCU, LHP
White Sox: Zach Thompson (138), UT Arlington, RHP
Reds: Tejay Antone (155), Weatherford Coll. (Mansfield Legacy), RHP
Twins: John Curtiss (170), Texas (Southlake Carroll), RHP
Blue Jays: Grayson Huffman (174), Grayson County College (Weatherford), LHP
Giants: Skyler Ewing (178), LSU (Arlington HS), 1B
Nationals: Austen Williams (184), Texas State (FW Southwest Christian), RHP
Brewers: Greg McCall (266), UT Arlington, C
Angels: Jordan Kipper (269), TCU, RHP
Phillies: Matt Shortall (292), UT Arlington, OF
Mets: Connor Buchmann (325), Oklahoma (Keller), RHP
Astros: Ryan Bottger (346), UT Arlington, LF
Diamondbacks: Kevin Cron (420), TCU 1B
Rays: Greg Maisto (487), McLennan College (Southlake Carroll), LHP
Red Sox: Derek Miller (704), UT Arlington, CF
Nationals: Kyle Bacak (754), TCU, C
Pirates: Jerrick Suiter (791), TCU, RF
Pirates: Jess Amedee (821), UT Arlington, RHP
Brewers: Turner Larkins (836), Arlington Martin, RHP
Blue Jays: J.T. Autrey (954), Lamar University (Stephenville), RHP
Indians: Cody Jones (1148), TCU, CF