Associated Press

A reverse Tebow: Donovan Tate to be a 26-year-old college freshman quarterback

28 Comments

Remember Donovan Tate? He was the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, taken by the San Diego Padres. He was chosen ahead of such players as Mike Trout, James Paxton and Garrett Richards.

He played in the Padres organization for five seasons and then, last year, toiled in the Dodgers system for 10 whole games. He never made out out of A-ball in those six seasons, primarily due to injury problems and a drug problem that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season.

Tate was a highly-regarded high school quarterback before choosing baseball, so now he’s trying to pull a Reverse Tebow:

The Arizona Wildcats are adding another name to their starting quarterback competition, and it’s a player who is eight years removed from his football career. Donavan Tate, the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, will join Rich Rodriguez’s team as a 26-year-old freshman.

Actually, this is less a Reverse Tebow than it is a Chris Weinke, you may recall, played six seasons in the Blue Jays organization before quitting baseball, going back to college at age 25 and leading the Florida State Seminoles to the national championship. He even won the Heisman Trophy at age 28, giving Tate something to shoot for.

Tate is not getting a scholarship. The Padres, as many team do for their high school draft picks, will pay his tuition.

Good luck, Donovan.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
3 Comments

Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.