IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa wide receiver Henry Marchese has a decision to make this summer.
On Wednesday, the San Diego Padres drafted Marchese in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Marchese, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 190 pounds, caught the eye of MLB scouts with a superb senior season at Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High School.
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Marchese hit .490 with 5 home runs and 28 RBIs. He also stole 30 bases. Land of 10’s Bobby La Gesse wrote Marchese was likely to stick with football at Iowa but willing to explore baseball if he was highly drafted.
According to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, Marchese earned two hits off Arizona State-bound left-handed pitcher Brendan Murphy in front of about 25 scouts.
Marchese arrived in Iowa City this week to begin classes and football workouts. He’s one of four incoming wide receivers.