When the Texas Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the Rule V Draft back in December, most scoffed at the idea. After all, with Wilson proving to be one of the better quarterbacks in the National Football League, and now being a Super Bowl Champion, it seemed like a tremendous waste of time and resources. Not so fast.
Just a day after the Seahawks decimated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, it appears that Russell Wilson is set to join the Rangers at spring training at the end of this month. This report is according to his agent, though it remains to be seen what capacity in which we might see Wilson with the Rangers throughout the month of March.
Wilson last tapped into that side of his athletic ability in 2011, when he was in the Colorado Rockies organization. He hit .228 in 61 games at the Single A level that season. Of course, being picked up by the Rangers marks the third time that Wilson had been drafted to play Major League Baseball. He was first selected by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 before going on to play quarterback at the collegiate level, and then again by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.
Andy Nesbitt over at FOX Sports speculated that the Rangers are hoping to tap into the leadership ability of Russell Wilson. As far as him likely seeing any big league action any time soon, the probability rests at or around zero. He’s an NFL quarterback and isn’t going to make the jump to the big leagues. Nonetheless, Russell Wilson joining the Rangers at spring training does add some intrigue into what has the tendency to be a dull month at times. They may be a tough ticket to get in Arizona next month.