MLB Prospects Who Refused Draft Deals Then Became Big Stars With Other Teams

Baseball | 4/4/19

For athletes considering a career in Major League Baseball, there is more to the MLB draft than simply being chosen and then starting your professional career with the team that picks you up first.

With the nature of the baseball draft, many players are chosen, only to turn down offers as they choose to continue working on their skills at the college level. Lost MLB draft picks don’t always haunt teams but every so often a player will choose a different ball club and become baseball legends.

Kyler Murray Chooses Football Over An Oakland Contract

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It’s a perfect fit to add Murray to this list. The two-sport phenom already signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics. But, after winning the Heisman Trophy in college football, that all changed. The Oklahoma State alum is heading to the NFL and leaving baseball in his rearview mirror.

He’s widely projected as a first-round pick, especially after his firm commitment to football. At 5’8″, he could become the shortest quarterback drafted in NFL history, three inches shorter than Russell Wilson.