NORMAN — The 2013 Major League Baseball Draft’s first two rounds are complete, and Oklahoma quarterback signee Cody Thomas remains on the board.
That isn’t surprising; BaseballAmerica.com ranked the Colleyville Heritage High outfielder as the draft’s 165th-best prospect available, putting him in the fifth round.
Thomas wrapped up his high-school baseball career last month, and went out with an incredible senior year, batting .482 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs.
I talked to Thomas last week on the phone for this story, which appeared in the Monday newspaper, and came away from the interview very unclear on which way Thomas is leaning.
Wednesday, I visited Plano, Texas, for an OU Caravan event at Gleneagles Country Club, and had the chance to ask Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops about Thomas’ future.
Here’s the exchange between Stoops and myself:
Q: Bob, with the MLB Draft being this week, do you still believe Cody Thomas will end up at OU?
A: “I do. You know, I do. But you know, if he ends up some incredible story that he doesn’t, hey, good for him. I love the guy.
“He’s an incredible athlete. I don’t wanna wish that it won’t happen for him. But, you know, most indications are it’s not gonna be what he’s looking for, so then he’ll be here. And then he’ll have both. He’s gonna have baseball, football. And I’m gonna be over there every game. I think it’ll be awesome going to watch him.”
The MLB Draft continues today with the third through 10th rounds, then wraps up Saturday with rounds 11 through 40.
In all likelihood, Thomas will be selected today. He’s set to move Saturday to Norman, then begin working out with the Sooner football team. Then, he’ll have a month to sign with the MLB team that drafts him.
If he chooses Oklahoma — where he’ll play both football and baseball — Thomas won’t be eligible again for the MLB Draft until after his junior season.