Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Brigham Young University baseball player Jacob Hannemann ends the inning with a catch during the game with San Francisco in Provo Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hannemann was as a recruited as a football player and is now getting looked at by MLB scouts.

PROVO — BYU's Jacob Hannemann was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the MLB draft Friday morning, exceeding most projections.

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Hannemann is a two-sport athlete who was mulling the decision to play football for the Cougars this coming fall or to begin playing baseball professionally. Considering how high he has been picked (75th overall), many now assume he'll forgo playing football to pursue a professional baseball career.

Hannemann hails from Lone Peak High School and signed with the BYU football program in 2010 before leaving on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Little Rock, Ark. Upon returning he starred for the BYU baseball team this spring, earning West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year honors.


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