OHS alum Marquez trading in his NFL pads for a swing at the MLB

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COLUMBIA, SC. (KOSA) -- According to the Columbia Fireflies, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, former Odessa High Broncho Bradley Marquez is their starting left fielder.

Marquez, who played football at Texas Tech and had a stint in the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis/LA Rams and the Detroit Lions will now give his baseball career another shot.

Marquez was selected in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Draft and arranged a two-sport deal which allowed him to attend Texas Tech to play football while playing baseball for the Kingsport Mets in the spring. Marquez forfeited $250,000 of his $325,000 signing bonus by not choosing to play baseball full-time by September 15, 2013.

According to Kevin Fitzgerald, the Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations for the Fireflies, Marquez reported to Mets Spring Training camp in March and then was assigned to the Fireflies last Monday.

In his two games played in Columbia, the former Red Raider has gone 1 for 7, with a double, a run scored and three strikeouts.