Seahawks’ Russell Wilson drafted by MLB’s Rangers

Dec 12, 2013, 8:53 AM | Updated: 8:54 am

By Brady Henderson

Yep, you read that headline right.

The Texas Rangers chose Russell Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, selecting Seattle’s quarterback out of the Colorado Rockies organization.

Don’t worry, Seahawks fans, Wilson isn’t switching professions. As Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News noted, he’ll likely be asked to speak to some of the organization’s young minor-league players at spring training. The Rangers paid a $12,000 fee to draft Wilson, who will be placed on the club’s restricted list.

“At the end of the day, he obviously has a lot bigger things that he’s working on right now,” Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller said, according to the Associated Press, “and we don’t want to interrupt with that aspect of it. But if at some point down the road he decides he wants to do baseball again, we felt like it would be a positive to have him with us.”

Preller added: “You see him playing on Sunday. You here about the work ethic, the person. I think that’s going to be a positive message for all of our players in our system.”

A second baseman during his baseball days, Wilson was drafted by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina State. He was a .229 hitter with five home runs and 26 RBIs during two seasons of Double-A ball. He left the Rockies organization in 2011 when he transferred to Wisconsin, where he played one season before Seattle chose him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft.

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