According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Rangers have drafted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the Triple A portion of the Rule 5 draft.
The Rangers drafted Wilson not expecting him to actually play for them.
Assistant general manager A.J. Preller said that the Rangers do not expect him to give up his football career to be a minor-league second baseman again, and they have had no contact with him. But they are going to reach out to him, trying to not be a distraction, to see if he would have any interest in playing baseball again or possibly coming to spring training and speaking to their minor leaguers.
Preller said that the Rangers love Wilson’s makeup, work ethic and professionalism, and want the Rangers’ prospects to see it first-hand and emulate it.
“From a baseball standpoint, we feel like if he ever decided he wanted to come back to play again that he’d be a guy we’d want in our system,” Preller said. “The biggest thing that intrigued us on Russell from afar is the makeup, the way he goes about his business, the professionalism, the competitor, the message we try to preach throughout our organization, for us to at least have that as part of our organization.
“At the end of the day, 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 baseball again, we decided it would be a positive to have him with us.”
Wilson was previously in the Rockies minor league system.
Wilson had been in the Colorado organization on their inactive list. He was their fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft, and he compiled a .238 average with five homers in 93 games over parts of two minor-league seasons.
The Rangers scouted him in high school and while he played at North Carolina State.