Shea Patterson, as you’re likely well aware, is the favorite to be Michigan’s starting quarterback this fall. The Texas Rangers likely know that as well, but they still elected to take Patterson in the 39th round of the 2018 MLB Draft with the No. 1,169 overall pick on Thursday.
— MLB Draft Tracker (@MLBDraftTracker) June 6, 2018
He’s far from the only current or prospective college football player to hear his name called. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray went ninth overall and North Carolina commit Jordyn Adams elected to play pro baseball right out of high school instead of heading to Chapel Hill. Patterson played baseball in his three seasons at Calvary Baptist High School in Louisiana before focusing on football after transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season, but he’ll have no hard choice to make here.
Shea Patterson has been selected in the #MLBDraft. 🤔
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) June 6, 2018
Patterson did put up a batting average of .364 as a high school freshman, according to MaxPreps. He hasn’t taken a snap with Michigan yet as he just transferred over from Ole Miss this offseason, but was sixth in Heisman Trophy betting odds released in January.