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June 7, 2014

‘A&M shortstop’ Manziel and TCU, UTA players drafted

Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is picked in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres.

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.

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.

Local draftees

Players with area ties selected in baseball’s 2014 First-Year Player Draft:

Round 1

Royals: Brandon Finnegan (17th overall), TCU, LHP

Round 5

White Sox: Zach Thompson (138), UT Arlington, RHP

Reds: Tejay Antone (155), Weatherford Coll. (Mansfield Legacy), RHP

Round 6

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

Round 9

Brewers: Greg McCall (266), UT Arlington, C

Angels: Jordan Kipper (269), TCU, RHP

Round 10

Phillies: Matt Shortall (292), UT Arlington, OF

Round 11

Mets: Connor Buchmann (325), Oklahoma (Keller), RHP

Round 12

Astros: Ryan Bottger (346), UT Arlington, LF

Round 14

Diamondbacks: Kevin Cron (420), TCU 1B

Round 16

Rays: Greg Maisto (487), McLennan College (Southlake Carroll), LHP

Round 23

Red Sox: Derek Miller (704), UT Arlington, CF

Round 25

Nationals: Kyle Bacak (754), TCU, C

Round 26

Pirates: Jerrick Suiter (791), TCU, RF

Round 27

Pirates: Jess Amedee (821), UT Arlington, RHP

Round 28

Brewers: Turner Larkins (836), Arlington Martin, RHP

Round 32

Blue Jays: J.T. Autrey (954), Lamar University (Stephenville), RHP

Round 38

Indians: Cody Jones (1148), TCU, CF

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