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March 16, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Locker plays a little catch with the Angels

Jake Locker didn’t want to draw any attention to it, so no official mention was made of the fact that he spent the weekend playing a little baseball with the Los Angeles Angels in their training camp in Tempe, Ariz.
But the Times has learned, with UW confirming, that Locker, who signed a contract with the Angels last August that gives the team his rights for six years, participated in the Angels’ minor league camp Friday through Sunday. He didn’t play in any games, he just played catch, took some fly balls, and did some other drills with minor leaguers.
Locker was the Angels’ 10th-round pick last June and the team decided to sign him to a contract, reportedly worth roughly $300,000, to hold his rights just in case he ever wanted to play baseball — here’s my story from the day he signed with more details. Locker has been considered a sure-fire Major League prospect should he ever devote himself to that sport.
But Locker has said throughout that his heart is with football, and obviously his football future is brighter than ever now as he likely would have been a top 10 overall pick in this year’s draft had he decided to turn pro. Instead, he will return to UW for his senior season next fall and some speculate he could be the first pick in the draft in 2011.
Word is that his workouts with the Angels over the weekend are the extent of his baseball-playing for the time being, meaning there are no plans for him to do anything else with the team.
Locker has said consistently that he wouldn’t do anything baseball-related that would conflict with football.
UW begins spring practice March 30.

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