Texas Rangers draft Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

The Texas Rangers have taken Russell Wilson in the Rule 5 draft. Yes, THAT Russell Wilson

12/12/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - Texas Rangers draft Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell WilsonThe Texas Rangers have drafted Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Colorado Rockies in the Rule 5 draft.

Wilson was a highly touted baseball prospect out of high school, and was drafted by the Orioles despite the fact that he was planning on attending North Carolina State.

Later, he was drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 draft by the Rockies, who still had his rights until recently.

The Rockies left him unprotected in the Rule 5 draft, and the Rangers decided that they're willing to take a flyer on him, in the unlikely event that he ever decides that a career change is in order and he'd like to try baseball again.

Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller discussed the Rangers' reasoning behind taking Wilson:
"At the end of the day, if he decides it's not something he wants to come back and do full time, just having him around, having him talk to a group, I think there's definitely positives in all that. … he obviously has a lot bigger things that he's working on right now and we don't want to interrupt that aspect of it, but if at some point down the road he decides he wants to do the baseball thing again, we felt like it would be a positive to have him with us."

Preller makes a solid point. Even if Wilson never takes the field a single time for the Rangers or their farm system, it could still be a solid PR move and a decent clubhouse move, if they can get him to speak to some of their young players.

Wilson has always had a great attitude, particularly when it comes to overcoming his height to become an NFL QB, and he's an extremely well-spoken athlete. If there's anyone who could come in and have a positive impact on a team, it's Russell Wilson.

But will he ever even make an appearance in a Rangers clubhouse? I guess we'll see.
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