Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson has a baseball future?
And, oh, by the way, who knew?
Patterson was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round Wednesday, as the No. 1,169 selection of the Major League Draft. He is listed as a third baseman from Michigan, although he hasn’t played for the Wolverines, nor did he play at Ole Miss, his school before Michigan.
Patterson quietly went through a pre-draft workout with the Rangers, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The pick, in the second-to-last round of the three-day draft, prompted some fun on Twitter by the Michigan baseball and football accounts. The baseball account tweeted a baseball and football emoji with a question mark and a link to the MLB Draft. Michigan’s football account responded: “Shea Patterson has been selected in the #MLBDraft. But we know he’ll be with us this season.”
Patterson played baseball in high school but did not play his senior year at IMG Academy. And, no, he won't be playing baseball at Michigan next spring.
That won't step baseball coach Erik Bakich from including the Patterson pick on his resume, though. In a light-hearted text message, he wrote to The News: "Of course. Recruits need to know we're even developing football players into MLB Draft picks. LOL!"
Patterson transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss in December, and in late April, while on the Paris trip with Michigan football, he was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA to play football this fall.
Tony Paul contributed to this report.