NFL: Could an NFL Lockout Cause Locker to Play Baseball?

February 25, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Los Angeles Angels' front office is said to be keeping a close eye on the NFL labor situation, in hope that one of the bright young prospects to cross their paths becomes potentially available to them in the next few weeks.
Jake Locker was once named by Baseball America as the Major League's top prospect, a stand-out pitcher and, as the Angels viewed him, a "strong armed out-fielder". The Angels even picked him in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, offering him a $250,000 signing bonus. Therefore, the team currently hold Locker's rights until the August of 2015, making a transition back onto the diamond a possibility for him.
If the lockout goes ahead, it would not be completely unheard of to see Locker embark on a professional baseball career. He has a cannon for an arm and incredible speed, both strong characteristics of the Mike Scioscia era. Whether or not Locker would want to make that transition even if the opportunity arose is another question altogether.

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