The Oklahoma football program is expected to enter the 2018 season with former five-star recruit Kyler Murray as the starting quarterback. But what happens if the signal-caller ends up catching the eye of MLB teams? That could be the case with one ESPN reporter saying Murray could be a first-round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft this summer.
From the report:
“Murray is slated to start at quarterback this fall for the Sooners, but if he’s finally ready to play baseball full time, his plus-plus speed and contact-oriented swing would make him a first-round pick — especially since he’s played fairly well since moving into the Sooners’ lineup in the third weekend of the spring.”
This season for the Sooners, Murray is batting .279 with five home runs and 28 RBI.
One possibility for Murray would be to play professional baseball during the summer before returning to campus to join the football team for the 2018 campaign.
“We’ve had some discussions on that,” head coach Lincoln Riley said after the spring game, via NewsOK.com. “We’re open and honest with each other about that and I’m comfortable about where we’re at with it.”
Oklahoma opens the 2018 college football season against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 1.
The 2018 MLB Draft will take place June 4-6 in Secaucus, New Jersey. The draft will air on the MLB Network with the Detroit Tigers holding the No. 1 overall pick.