Angels sign Washington QB Locker
10th round pick will likely pursue a career in pro football
The Angels have signed 2009 10th-round pick Draft pick Jake Locker, a center fielder who doubles as the starting quarterback for the University of Washington, according to multiple reports.
Terms of the agreement were not immediately available. With the signing, the Angels control Locker's baseball rights for the next six years.
Although Locker hopes to pursue a career in professional football, he is happy to have a backup plan on the diamond.
"It was just an opportunity that presented itself and it was something I didn't believe would take away from me as a football player here," Locker said following football practice Saturday night, according to the Seattle Times. "I want to play football and that's what I'm going to put my focus into, and the Angels have been great with me, worked with me, and they understand that and we'll go from there."
Locker was originally selected by the Angels in the 40th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft after being named the Washington 3A baseball Player of the Year as a senior in high school. Since then, however, he has appeared in just 10 baseball games, all with the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2008. He batted .273 with two doubles and a homer in those 10 games.
After missing most of Washington's 0-12 season a year ago with a broken right thumb, Locker underwent surgery and appeared healthy during the team's spring game in April. He's is regarded as a potential high-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Ed Eagle is a reporter and producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.