New Kyler Murray MLB Draft Evaluation Could Be Bad News For Oklahoma Football

first_imgkyler murray plays at ohio stateKyler Murray MLB Draft update: one analytics-based baseball site is extremely high on the Oklahoma two-sport star. Murray has been ranked as a potential second rounder by some experts, including ESPN’s Keith Law. Now, FanGraphs has him even higher.FanGraphs just put out its 2018 MLB Draft Board. In it, prospects are ranked on their athleticism, frame, performance, and, for pitchers, delivery. The rankings are done on a five point scale, from minus-minus (–) to plus-plus (++) for elite potential in an area.Murray comes in at a plus-plus for athleticism, the third-highest ranked player given that distinction. He was also a plus in performance.The one knock on him is his frame, for which FanGraphs gave him a minus. Obviously, that is an even bigger concern for his future as a quarterback.In the full draft rankings, FanGraphs have Kyler Murray as the No. 21 ranked player.The evaluation of Murray often comes down to his decision to focus solely on baseball, rather than splitting time with football. Law said as much earlier in the process. Via The Oklahoman:“Murray is slated to start at quarterback this fall for the Sooners, but if he’s finally ready to play baseball full time, his plus-plus speed and contact-oriented swing would make him a first-round pick — especially since he’s played fairly well since moving into the Sooners’ lineup in the third weekend of the spring,” Law wrote.Even with his rising MLB Draft stock, Lincoln Riley isn’t concerned about losing his quarterback to baseball. he said as much on AP writer Ralph D. Russo’s podcast a few weeks ago.“Yeah, I don’t really have any concerns with it,” Riley said. “You know, Kyler and I have had some good, private conversations about it, and I’m comfortable where he and his family are at with it and I think he’s comfortable where we’re at with it. So we’ll proceed and certainly expect to have him.”Right now, Oklahoma fans just want Murray to get healthy. The star outfielder remains day-to-day after suffering an injury in the Big 12 Tournament. The Sooners are the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee region of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, and face Mississippi State State on Friday at 12 p.m. ET. The region also features host Florida State and Samford.[FanGraphs]last_img

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