Kyler Murray Bypasses 2015 MLB Draft: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 6, 2015

Source: 247 Sports

Kyler Murray, one of the best two-sport athletes in the country as a shortstop and a quarterback, who would have been a high pick in June's Major League Baseball draft, has said he will focus on his college career by attending Texas A&M after finishing high school.   

On Wednesday, Murray tweeted that he would continue playing football and baseball with the Aggies instead of going to MLB:

Unlike the NBA or the NFL draft, players don't declare for the MLB draft. They are eligible if they have graduated from high school without attending college or junior college; junior college players are eligible any year, and players at four-year colleges are eligible after three years or if they are at least 21 years old. 

A player can ask to be taken out of the MLB draft, which Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs reported Murray was granted that right:

Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

MLB teams were just notified via email Kyler Murray asked to & has been taken out of the draft pool. He asked to not be contacted by teams.

Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

So it wasn't a leverage play. MLB teams can't pick or sign Kyler Murray this summer. Likely isn't eligible again for 3 years.

B/R's Barrett Sallee noted the impact Murray's decision has on Texas A&M's football program for next season due to the lack of depth at the quarterback position in the video embedded below:

Murray is regarded as one of the best football and baseball prospects in the country. He's the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country, per 247Sports.

On the baseball side, ESPN.com's Keith Law has the Texas native ranked as the No. 32 prospect in this year's MLB draft class. 

Two-sport athletes are nothing new to the baseball draft. One of the most prominent recent examples of a player coming out of high school with a major college scholarship offer in football is Zach Lee. 

Like Murray, Lee is from Texas and had a scholarship to play quarterback at LSU before the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him 28th overall in 2010 and signed him away from college for $5.25 million. 

With Murray officially being taken out of the draft, he gives MLB teams an opportunity to reorganize their draft boards in preparation for the June event. He gets to focus his attention on helping the Aggies win football and baseball games starting in the fall.


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