Heading into the 2013 MLB Draft, there was a true concern that quarterback Cody Thomas was going to hear his name called out early and choose to forego his education for the money of a baseball contract. Some suggested that Thomas would end up an early round MLB Draft pick and the Oklahoma Sooners recruiting drive would lose one of their top quarterback recruits.
It didn’t happen.
The New York Yankees drafted Cody Thomas in the 2013 MLB Draft, but they didn’t select him until the 30th round, making the choice of choosing the Oklahoma Sooners over the lures of minor league baseball an easy choice for the youngster. Baseball America ranked Thomas as their 165th best prospect, which should have seen him chosen in the fifth round. It is possible his dreams of playing football soured some teams from wasting a higher pick on him.
Honestly, anything lower than a third our fourth round pick by an MLB team should make a high school player look at choosing college over the pros. There will be more drafts in the player’s future – if that player decides to continue playing baseball. For Thomas, he will have to choose if he wants to be a two-sport star, playing the role of backup quarterback while also trotting out onto the baseball field. The next time he is eligible for the MLB Draft is after his junior season at OU.
Cody Thomas will be no better than the fourth string choice in 2013, and will likely red-shirt for the football team, which means he could be primed to play baseball in his freshman season for whoever the Sooners hire to replace departed baseball coach Sunny Golloway.