The Boston Red Sox made the decision to take a chance in the 31st round of the 2019 MLB Draft. With their pick, they added Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks to their squad.
Franks hasn't played baseball since high school, but that didn't stop the Red Sox from selecting him. And they ended up signing him before the July 12th deadline to ink prospects to contracts.
Despite that development, Franks' latest comments seemingly confirm that he is focused on football for the foreseeable future.
"My career is football," Franks said Monday at SEC media days per ESPN's Mike Rodak. "My main focus is football [in] college, then hopefully a career in the NFL. Then [baseball] is kind of like a backup plan, backup job."
Franks completed just 58.4 percent of his passes as a junior starter at Florida, but he was effective when accurate, totaling 2,457 yards, 24 touchdowns, and just six interceptions for the Gators. He also ran for 350 yards and seven touchdowns, so the 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect does have dual-threat ability.
There's a good chance that an NFL team will take a chance on him in the draft or as an undrafted free agent. As of this writing, WalterFootball.com's Charlie Campbell has Franks listed as a Round 5-7 prospect, but the big-armed passer could rise if he shows improvement in 2019.
While Franks was an interesting choice by the Red Sox, it looks like he's more of a long-term, potential-based investment. He could eventually suit up for one of the Sox' minor league affiliates, but that won't be until he's finished with his football career.
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