Earlier Wednesday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox drafted a major college football quarterback in the latter round of the MLB draft.
Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks in the 31st round.
Just hours after the Red Sox announced the pick, Franks responded. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Franks is staying at Florida to play football – as expected.
“I’m flattered that the Red Sox picked me this afternoon,” Franks said. “However, I’m living out my dream being the quarterback of the Florida Gators. We’re all working extremely hard this off-season and I cannot wait to hit the field this fall.”
“I’m flattered the @RedSox picked me this afternoon. However, I’m living out my dream being the quarterback of the @FloridaGators. We’re all working extremely hard this offseason and I can't wait to hit the field this fall.” – @18franks
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) June 5, 2019
The Gators quarterback hasn’t played baseball since his junior year of high school because he graduated in Dec. 2015 and early enrolled at Florida.
Despite not playing baseball for four years, the Red Sox made a bold play for Franks. As a result, they wasted a pick.
According to the release from Florida, Franks was rated as the No. 500 overall baseball prospect in the country by Perfect Game in the spring of 2016. He was also the No. 117 overall player in the state of Florida and the No. 41 right-handed pitcher nationally.
For now, he’ll stick with being the quarterback for Dan Mullen and company in Gainesville.