Hundreds and hundreds of experienced pitchers and you ink a guy who used to play football in college and hasn't played baseball since highschool?
Mitch Mustain is putting his football career on hold.
To play baseball.
Mustain, the Springdale product who played at both Arkansas and Southern Cal, has signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox. He is expected to report to Glendale, Arizona for White Sox Camp next month.
It was in January that (I first told folks via Twitter) Mustain worked out for scouts from the White Sox. He was said to be throwing in the 90s despite not throwing since his sophomore year of high school in 2003-04.
“I’m confident I’ll get back in shape pretty quick for it,” Mustain told TV station KFSM. “They’re going to give me an opportunity to face batters and get my feet wet, no matter what happens. …
“I’m going to throw everything I have at it and see how it goes.”
Apparently the White Sox have a history of giving former quarterbacks a shot. Here’s more from CSNChicago:
The White Sox have a decade-long tradition of acquiring former college quarterbacks, for what it's worth. Joe Borchard played QB at Stanford, Josh Fields was a signal-caller for Les Miles at Oklahoma State and Clayton Richard backed up Chad Henne at Michigan.
Mustain, a USA Today/Parade Magazine player of the year in football, said that sport remains an option, but he wants to give baseball a try. He was set to play football with the Georgia Force of the AFL.
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