Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will be making another appearance in spring training for the Texas Rangers, as the former Rockies farmhand is expected to work out and sign autographs at a Surprise Stadium game.
Wilson spent two seasons in the Colorado Rockies farm system, including a stint as a second baseman for the Asheville Tourists (shown above) after being drafted in the fourth round in 2010. While there’s some debate whether Wilson had MLB potential (he batted .228 in Class A ball, though he was solid in the field), he obviously made the right choice to focus on football after transferring to the University of Wisconsin and being drafted by the Seahawks, leading them to two Super Bowl appearances.
In a savvy PR move, the Rangers drafted Wilson in 2013’s Rule 5 draft in 2013 and stashed him on the Frisco RoughRiders roster. He could have been subjected to the draft again — and surely someone, say, the Seattle Mariners, would have spent the $12,000 to draft him — but the Rangers designated him for the Triple-A roster for protection.
Last season Wilson appeared at spring training for the Rangers at the Surprise Stadium complex, working out and signing autographs at a spring-training game. Fox Sports is reporting he’ll do the same this spring at a date to be determined.