Boise State linebacker Joey Martarano could have another shot to start his professional baseball career. This time, he could stay in Boise should he wish to pursue it.

Martarano was drafted by the Chicago Cubs Saturday as a third baseman in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft. The Boise Hawks are the Cubs' Short Season Class A affiliate.

“This is a unique situation, but Joey Martarano is a special athlete,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said in a statement released by the Boise State athletic department. “We're proud to have him as a member of the Boise State football team, and we want to see him achieve his dreams. If that includes baseball, Joey knows we are here to support him.”

Martarano was not made available to the media, with Boise State saying he wishes to do any interviews if and when he signs a contract with the Cubs. He did, however, send out a tweet expressing his gratitude.

"Big thank you to cubs (sic) organization for giving me this awesome opportunity," he said on Twitter.

Martarano was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13th round last season after his senior year at Fruitland High, and turned down a $100,000 signing bonus. He redshirted with the Broncos last season and was named Boise State's defensive scout player of the year.

John Wustrow is the sports editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune. He is a Michigan native and a graduate of Indiana University.


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