“My career is football,” he said Monday at SEC media days. “My main focus is football [in] college, then hopefully a career in the NFL. Then [baseball] is kind of like a backup plan, backup job.”
The Red Sox selected Franks, a pitcher, in the 31st round of the 2019 MLB draft. In announcing Franks’ signing last week, the Red Sox said he would “report to a club [in the team’s system] at a date to be determined.”
Franks, who has not played baseball since his junior season in high school, said Monday that he threw 94 mph in a workout for the Red Sox.
“I haven’t thrown in a while, so I wasn’t perfect, but I was in the strike zone,” Franks said. “I threw 88, 89 [in high school]. I threw harder [for the Red Sox], but I don’t know how. I really haven’t picked up a baseball in four or five years. I don’t know — it just came natural.”
Florida coach Dan Mullen called Franks’ selection by Boston a “great honor” for his redshirt junior quarterback. Mullen also coached former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner who now plays in the New York Mets‘ farm system.
“Maybe when football is done, maybe [Franks] has a future in baseball,” Mullen said Monday. “I’d be really excited for him and really happy for him. I’m glad it was the Red Sox. I’m a big Red Sox fan.”