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Sport How good was Kyler Murray at baseball? Former Oakland A's draft pick left a big 'what if' by picking NFL

09:45  19 october  2020
09:45  19 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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A timeline of how Kyler Murray went from a top baseball prospect to the No. 1 NFL Draft pick . In less than a year, Murray was a high MLB Draft pick , won the Heisman If you were making a way-too-early 2019 mock draft days after the 2018 event wrapped, it wouldn’t have Kyler Murray ’ s name on it.

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Kyler Murray's early performance in the NFL makes his first overall selection by the Cardinals in 2019 look like a home run. It also makes it easy to forget that Murray could have been a professional baseball star, too.

Only one player has ever been taken in the first round of both the MLB Draft and the NFL Draft: That's right, Murray. His rights are still owned by the Oakland Athletics if he ever decided to go for the two-sport route like Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders. For now, Murray is one of the NFL's most dynamic young quarterbacks.

But in case you were wondering just how good Murray was or could've been at baseball, here's a look back at the things we do know about Kyler Murray, the baseball player.

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Kyler Murray got so good at football that giving up baseball ’ s millions made sense. Before the 2018 football season, taking the If he’ s a first round NFL Draft pick , at minimum he’ s looking at a four-year, million deal with a million signing bonus up front, based off projections at each pick slot.

Kyler Murray has already been on one hell of a journey, and he hasn't even reached the start line yet. Murray enjoyed a stunning year for the Sooners' football team as their starting quarterback Murray was not always destined to be the number one overall pick . In fact, when he entered the draft

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Kyler Murray high school baseball stats

Murray has two seasons of high school baseball statistics listed on MaxPreps. As a sophomore at Allen (TX) High School, he hit .302 with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 20 stolen bases. Then as a senior, Murray hit .286 with a double, two triples and a home run. Although MaxPreps doesn't list Murray's junior year stats, a story in The Undefeated said that was his best season, as he hit nine home runs as a junior.

There isn't a lot else to go on when it comes to Murray's high school baseball career. He wasn't drafted out of high school, but that likely had to do with signability concerns since Murray wanted to go play two sports in college. Perfect Game, a baseball recruiting service, ranked Murray as the No. 68 prospect nationally in his high school class.

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He and his baseball agent say Murray is committed to the Oakland A ’ s , who took The CAC provides feedback for players considering leaving school early for the draft , giving each player one of An appearance on the CAC list does not prove Murray is committed to the NFL draft —it is merely a part

The Oakland A ’ s have a group of top executives en route to meet with Heisman Trophy winner He wants big time money to stick with baseball , otherwise he will enter the NFL draft tomorrow. I continue to hear that the A ’ s expect Kyler Murray to declare for the draft and they have no issue with

Murray also became the first player ever named an Under Armour All-American in both baseball and football. Scouts were already looking into Murray during his high school career, according to Bleacher Report, but Murray chose to go to college at Texas A&M and play two sports instead.

Kyler Murray college baseball career


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Murray didn't play at Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma. With the Sooners, he spent two seasons on the baseball team.

In the first, Murray struggled. He batted .122 and struggled with playing the outfield, according to The Undefeated.

“My first year playing baseball at OU, you would have thought I was garbage,” Murray said to The Undefeated.

Murray's biggest hurdle was time management. The football and baseball teams at OU had to work together so that Murray could essentially be in two places at once. Oklahoma baseball coach Skip Johnson told The Undefeated that Murray practiced with the baseball team less than 10 times. He'd just show up and, in his redshirt sophomore year, play well.

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Kyler Murray on a conference call with Oakland A ' s writers: "I will be playing football this season." Oklahoma State quarterback Josh Fields became a 2004 first-round pick by the White Sox as an infielder. Fields decided to turn pro in baseball and forgo his last season of eligibility with OSU football .

Kyler Murray is projected as the first overall draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals, and as many as four more quarterbacks could be taken in the first round of this year' s draft . Behind them, another set of players could land on teams looking to develop their star of the future, or

Everything clicked for Murray in that second year of college baseball: A .296 average, 10 home runs, 10 stolen bases. If his talent had temporarily fallen off the radar of MLB clubs, it came back while he was putting up those numbers despite limited practice reps. Already having displayed some football chops in 2017 in a part-time role, Murray's 2018 baseball season set the stage for his Heisman Trophy fall.

Kyler Murray and the Oakland Athletics

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The Oakland Athletics chose Murray with the ninth-overall selection in the 2018 MLB Draft. He'd eventually become the first player chosen in the first round of both the MLB and NFL Drafts. The A's knew Murray wouldn't be an easy sign, and so to appease him, they let him play that final season as quarterback at OU, when he won his Heisman.

Oakland originally signed Murray to a contract with a $4.9-million signing bonus, but as it looked more and more like Murray would choose football, the reported offering to keep Murray in baseball reached $14 million. It wasn't enough, though. Murray entered the NFL Draft, was the No. 1 pick by the Arizona Cardinals and has focused his energies on the NFL.

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With Kyler Murray declaring for the NFL draft , Tim What you need to know from Round 1: • DraftCast: Live pick - by - pick analysis » • Kiper's Top 300 » | McShay's Top 300 » • Best available If an NFL team used a lower-round draft pick to secure Murray 's rights -- even after he reported to A ' s

Opinion: Kyler Murray will 100% play football if taken in first round of NFL draft . Maybe at some point during this process he will definitively choose baseball . For now, he is eligible to picked by an NFL team on April 25, which means at minimum he’ s interested in learning more about where he fits.

Murray's contract with the Cardinals as the first overall pick is due to pay him about $35 million. If he'd gone the baseball route, he very well could still be in the minor leagues (at least in a normal year, with the minor league season not taking place in 2020). And Patrick Mahomes has proven that quarterback money might even be more enticing than anything outside of Mike Trout-level money.

If Murray ever wanted to play baseball, it'd be for Oakland (barring a trade): The A's still own his rights from his original draft selection. Murray himself spoke on the possibility of playing two sports in January, and for those longing for the days of Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, Murray didn't quite slam the door shut.

“I don’t understand why in sports they try to marginalize it," Murray said. "They try to make you pick one and I get it, but we’ll see. I think it would be fun. Right now, though, I’m just focused on football.”

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