The Mets have inked 16th-rounder Brad Marquez to a $325,000 bonus. Under draft provisions for two-sport athletes, New York will spread his bonus payments over three years. At the same time, the Mets will allow Marquez to continue playing football at Texas Tech and pay for his college education.
A shortstop from Odessa (Texas) HS, Marquez has electrifying speed and puts it to good use on the gridiron. He rushed for 2,210 yards and 29 touchdowns as a high school senior, and also was a Texas state finalist in the long jump. He's currently playing wide receiver for the Red Raiders.
"Coming from West Texas, nobody expects somebody to play pro baseball simply because West Texas is all about their football, but I'm blessed to be able to play both college football and professional baseball," Marquez said in a statement released by his advisors at Xclusive Sports Management. "It's something a lot of people don't get the chance to do and I'm blessed to have this opportunity to play for a first-class baseball organization in the New York Mets, as well as a great college football program at Texas Tech. This is simply the best of both worlds."
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