Clear Creek outfielder C.J. McElroy, who has a commitment to the University Of Houston for both baseball and football, looks like he'll instead sign with the St. Louis Cardinals after being a third-round pick in this week's MLB Draft. McElroy, the son of former reliever and last-black-man-with-glasses-to-play-baseball Chuck McElroy, said he would take a trip to St. Louis to talk with Cardinals brass:
Though McElroy and the Cardinals will have to come to an agreement on contract terms before he officially foregoes a career at UH, it appears he's leaning that way.
"I love baseball and it's been my first sport since I was little and I'm going to give away football to play baseball," McElroy said. "It's a great opportunity for me to play at the next level and I can do it. The money situation (will be a factor) and I'll probably take a trip to St. Louis and talk to people."
McElroy seems likely to sign with the Cardinals, who have a history with multi-tooled outfield types like Ray Lankford, Brian Jordan, and Colby Rasmus in the last fifteen years. He fits right in with that tradition on paper.