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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Report: Former Orioles draft pick Pat Connaughton will participate in NBA’s Slam Dunk contest

There was a time when Orioles fans might’ve thought they would see Pat Connaughton of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks suit up for the birds.

A fourth-round draft pick of the Orioles in 2014, the 6-foot-5 pitching prospect posted a 2.45 ERA in 14 2/3 innings for Class A Short Season Aberdeen in 2014. But after being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015, Connaughton stuck in the NBA and has yet to return to baseball.

Still, O’s fans will get a chance to see the former flame-thrower on Feb. 15, as he’s reportedly set to participate in the NBA’s Slam Dunk contest as part of NBA All-Star 2020.

Well, the last few days have been ones for those interested in MLB draft picks playing in other sports- what sport will be next?

 

QLE Posted: February 04, 2020 at 01:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: draft picks, orioles, pat connaughton, two-sport athletes

Monday, February 03, 2020

At least one team in Detroit knows how to draft a Super Bowl-winning QB

At least one Detroit pro sports team knows how to find a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

Unfortunately for Detroit Lions fans, that team is the Detroit Tigers.

Well before Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was raising the Lombardi Trophy following a 31-20 victory in Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers, he was the 37th-round pick of the Tigers in the 2014 MLB draft.

Now, less than six years later, Mahomes has more Super Bowl victories than the Lions

and, in fact, more playoff victories than the Tigers. (Mahomes’ Chiefs have four playoff wins over the past two seasons, including the three needed for this season’s title. The Tigers haven’t won a playoff game since the 2013 ALCS against Boston.)

Who says the Tigers don’t draft well?


 

 

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