Checking on Texas A&M QB Kyler Murray's baseball career
Kyler Murray is a legend among legends as a Texas high school quarterback.
Texas A&M would love to see him add to that Lone Star State legacy in College Station. The five-star Allen High School recruit signed with the Aggies in February. Time to celebrate, right?
Well, Murray should have some options this summer. Specifically, he’s a coveted baseball prospect that could get drafted in the first round. Now that high school baseball has started, how is Murray performing, and how will this season affect his MLB draft stock?
According to multiple sources, Murray currently is limited to designated hitter, rehabbing a shoulder injury preventing him from taking his usual position at second base.
Kyler Murray visited Dr. Andrews about a shoulder impingement. He's DH-ing today and isn't expected to play in the field for ~5 weeks.
— Tepid Participation (@TepidP) March 6, 2015
That’s big news for Murray’s baseball prospects. Excluding tournaments, Allen High School is 10 games into its 22-game regular-season schedule.
The first player ever selected to the Under Armour All-America game for baseball and football, Murray’s obligations with the fall sport prevented him from making the rounds on the baseball showcase circuit. MLB.com recently rated Murray as the No. 29 prospect in the 2015 draft, but cautioned there’s still plenty left to learn about the 5-foot-11, 180-pound high school senior as a baseball player.
“He hasn’t gotten much exposure to top competition or high-level scouts,” MLB.com wrote. “Evaluators haven’t seen enough of Murray to be able to project how he’ll perform offensively and defensively. His plus-plus speed is apparent, as is the quickness of his right-handed swing. He also has some pop in his bat and a strong arm.”
MLB.com projects his speed as his greatest asset, rating it a 70 on the scouting scale for “well above average,” with 80 representing the highest mark possible.
Murray projects as a shortstop at the pro level. An exhaustive search for his 2015 high school baseball stats proved mostly futile. MaxPreps.com says he’s played seven games and is batting .333 with two extra-base hits in 18 at-bats. In 2014, .404 with nine home runs, 35 RBIs and 25 steals.
“Kyler projects as a first-round pick,” Allen High School baseball coach Paul Coe said before the season, according to the Chronicle. “And the way it’s been going right now — we’re meeting with a lot of baseball clubs, and that projection is pretty strong. There’s a really good chance he could go anywhere from top 15 to top five.”
Last year’s No. 15 overall selection in the MLB draft signed with the Los Angeles Angels for $2.5 million.
Rhetoric from the Murray camp has been all about patience. The family will see where he gets drafted in June and make a decision from there as to whether he ever shows up on campus at College Station.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2015
Murray’s shoulder injury very well could limit his MLB draft prospects if teams aren’t able to evaluate him well enough as a middle infielder.
It’s hard to know for sure, but the general consensus guess is that it will take big money for Murray to sign a professional baseball contract. It seems like it would be difficult for a 5-foot-11 quarterback likely with a limited NFL future to turn down a baseball deal if he gets drafted in the first half of the first round.
Will Murray get healthy in time to make a run at that positioning? If not, Texas A&M could secure a potential succession plan for Kyle Allen at quarterback once and for all.