Texas Rangers Surprisingly Select Russell Wilson in Rule 5 Draft

By Michael Terrill
Texas Rangers Surprisingly Select Russell Wilson in Rule 5 Draft
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The Texas Rangers received a compensatory pick in the Rule 5 Draft that was held on the fourth day of the 2013 Winter Meetings. The Rangers used the pick to select second baseman Russell Wilson. Yes, that Russell Wilson.

“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 told the Huffington Post, “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.”

I’m not sure but I have to imagine the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is going to stick with his current job. I mean, I guess he could quit the NFL to go play Double-A ball in the Rangers’ organization. However, I like to believe that Wilson is smarter than that.

Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft. In Single-A, he posted a .229 batting average with five home runs and 26 RBI in 315 at-bats over the course of two seasons.

Wilson decided that baseball wasn’t really his thing and wanted to make another run at football, which is why he signed to play quarterback for the Wisconsin Badgers. If it weren’t for two Hail Mary’s that went against Wisconsin in 2011, there’s a good chance the team would have played for a National Championship bid. Obviously, Wilson did enough to show the NFL that he’s capable of big things, and the rest is history.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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