It seems not only Padres’ fans were a little discontent with the drafting of Johnny Manziel last week in the 28th round of Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Entry Draft. Minor league players throughout different organizations expressed their disdain for the Padres’ wasting a draft pick on Manizel, who does not have any intention to play professional baseball.
Manziel’s pick raises an interesting question for Padres’ fans. Was this entirely a public relations move on the part of the organization, or did they actually believe they were getting a viable player in the later rounds? Either way those players who have worked enormously hard to get to where they are in minors were not shy in expressing their views on Twitter right after the draft.
Pitcher Chris Beck of Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, stated on Twitter:
Manziel getting drafted, taking a spot of someone who would possibly do anything to continue playing baseball, is absolutely ridiculous
— Chris Beck (@WatchUrBeck) June 7, 2014
Beck was certainly not alone in expressing his feelings toward the Padres organization. Chase Stevens, who currently pitches for the Class-A Hillsboro Hops in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization did not shy away from his words regarding the Padres picking the quarterback.
The padres are a joke. There are thousands of baseball players that have worked their entire lives to get drafted and they pick Manziel. — Chase Stevens (@ChaseStevens32) June 7, 2014
Double-A pitcher Pierce Johnson of the Tennessee Smokie, an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, expressed a common consent among many minor leaguer players.
Really? Drafting manziel instead of some kid who actually wants to play pro ball? — Pierce Johnson (@Flowbro33) June 7, 2014
Manziel is definitely not to blame for being draft, but he cannot be a surprised about the large number of responses from those minor league players who look at his selection as a mockery and an insult for players who work day-in and day-out to get a shot at the pros. For a team like the Padres’, who are depended on the farm system, they should have drafted a player committed to baseball.