Jake Locker last played baseball when he suited up for the Bellingham Bells in 2008—now he’s signed a professional baseball contract with the Los Angeles Angels after the team drafted him for a second time in the June 2009 draft.
Locker, who is currently preparing for the upcoming college football season with the
“It’s good to have something that is a done deal. Now I just don’t have to worry about it,” Locker told reporters after the Huskies finished Saturday’s practice. “I’m just looking forward to the (football) season now.”
The Huskies quarterback was selected in the 10th round in this years’ draft. It was the second time the former
Locker plans to continue pursuing a professional football career, but now he’s put a fallback plan in place as the Angles will retain Locker’s rights for six years, until 2015.
Locker’s last go-around on the diamond was a 10-game stint with the Bells in 2008 when he hit for a .273 average with a pair of doubles and a home run. Following the 2008 season, Locker was named the top prospect in the West Coast League by Baseball America.
Now that the baseball deal completed, Locker can continue to focus on football. Locker and the Huskies open their 2009 season on Sept. 5 at home against the LSU Tigers.