The A's went with speed and athleticism in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, selecting 20-year-old Oklahoma outfielder Kyler Murray with the ninth overall pick.
Murray is a fascinating pick, not due to a lack of talent, but because he also plays quarterback for the Oklahoma football team. According to MLB Network, Murray will indeed play football for the Sooners this fall, and will then likely switch over to professional baseball.
The 5-foot-11, 195 pound right-hander hit .296 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 51 games with Oklahoma during the 2018 season as a redshirt sophomore. He had an on-base percentage of .398 and stole 10 bases in 14 attempts.
An Allen, Texas native, Murray is projected as the starting quarterback for Oklahoma this season. Last year, he backed up Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, appearing in seven games and throwing for 359 yards and three touchdowns, as well as rushing for 142 yards on 14 carries.
The A's also picked at No. 50 overall, and will select at No. 70, on Monday.
No. 50: Jameson Hannah (Dallas Baptist)
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
No. 70: Jeremy Eierman (Missouri State)
Weight: 205 lbs