NEW YORK – 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, and 24 players with connections to the state of Indiana were selected on the final day of the draft.
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, was taken by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month.
Big thank you to the @Padres and @padresmikedee for selecting me in the MLB draft, Manziel wrote on his Twitter page after being drafted by the TinCaps’ parent club.
Players from state colleges drafted Saturday: Butler left-handed pitcher Eric Stout (Royals, 393); Ball State right-handed pitcher T.J. Weir (Padres, 507); Indiana State shortstop Tyler Wampler (Dodgers, 519); Purdue catcher Sean McHugh (Phillies, 532); Indiana left-handed pitcher Joey Denato (Phillies, 562); Evansville catcher Kyle Pollock (Royals, 603); Notre Dame right-handed pitcher Donnie Hissa (Brewers, 626); Indiana right-handed pitcher Jake Kelzer (Yankees, 662); Ball State center fielder Sean Godfrey (Braves, 673); Indiana State catcher Michael Fitzgerald (Padres, 807); Evansville right-handed pitcher Samuel Johns (Nationals, 934); Ball State left-handed pitcher Nestor Bautista (Marlins, 947); Purdue left-handed pitcher Jordan Minch (Cubs, 1,039); and Valparaiso right-handed pitcher Karch Kowalczyk (Dodgers, 1,119).
State high school players drafted Saturday: Hobart right-handed pitcher Brandon Murray (Phillies, 892 overall); McCutcheon right fielder Logan Sowers (Padres, 927); Valparaiso left-handed pitcher Andrew Sykes (Royals, 1,053); Bishop Noll Institute School center fielder Larry Crisler (Braves, 1,093); and Noblesville shortstop Garrett Christman (Giants, 1,108).
Indiana natives taken Saturday: Vanderbilt left-handed pitcher Jared Miller (Diamondbacks, 330) is from Avon; Louisville right-handed pitcher Jared Ruxer (Angels, 359) is from Indianapolis; Kentucky infielder Robert Kuhn (A’s, 402) is from Zionsville; Liberty right-handed pitcher Ashton Perritt (Braves, 523) is from Whiteland; and TCU right fielder Jerrick Suiter (Pirates, 791) is from Valparaiso.