In the 28th round of the MLB first-year player draft, the Padres selected Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M University, 837th overall. You are more familiar with him from his exploits in football — the Cleveland Browns drafted him in the first round, 22nd overall, of the recent NFL draft.
It’s not unheard of for a team to draft a two-sport star where baseball is clearly on the back burner. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and reported to Single-A Tri-City. He posted a .713 OPS in 143 plate appearances. The next season, he finished with a .708 OPS in 236 PA for Single-A Asheville.
As with Wilson, you can expect Manziel to focus on football rather than baseball.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.