While Kyler Murray may have received all of the attention for picking between pro baseball and pro football, he isn’t the only college star who had both options available. Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson was draft into the MLB in 2018 as well, and appears to be working out with a baseball team.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Patterson spent some of his recent Spring break with the Texas Rangers. Per the report, he was working out with the Rangers’ minor league camp in Arizona.
Patterson was drafted by the Rangers in the 39th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. He was the 1169th overall pick despite not playing baseball in several years.
While Patterson does not appear to have any intentions of leaving the Wolverines to pursue a baseball dream, he was not above signing a deal with the Rangers.
“The option to have this opportunity definitely opens doors,” Patterson told the Star-Telegram. “But I’m full go ahead for Michigan football and getting ready for the season, and whatever happens after that, we’ll look more into it.”
Per TheMichiganInsider, Patterson signed a six-year deal with Texas that included a $25,000 signing bonus.
Patterson is still projected as the incumbent starter for the Wolverines in 2019.
In his first year after transferring from Ole Miss, Patterson had career highs in every major passing category.
He completed 64.6-percent of his passes for 2,600 yards and 22 touchdowns in 13 starts.