While there’s no chance of him playing the season with the Bronx Bombers, New York Yankees spring training will certainly be enhanced by the presence of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, whose rights were acquired by the team.
Wilson played Minor League Baseball while attending North Carolina State University and rose to Low-A with the Sally League’s Asheville Tourists. He was on the scouting radar, drafted in high school by the Orioles and was later drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player draft by the Rockies. He then dropped baseball as a career pursuit while focusing on football — to great success. He’s not totally lost interest in the sport. After his rights were acquired by the Rangers in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft, he went to camp with Texas in 2014 and 2015.
Although some MLB outlets are touting him as a potential two-sport star, the plan is clearly to bring Wilson into camp on a very limited basis; no, he’s not giving up pro football.
“We’ve admired Russell’s career from afar for quite some time,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said in a press statement. “This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession.
“After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season.”
According to the Yankees, Wilson is expected to be in Major League camp in March. While he is in Tampa, Wilson will participate in pregame workouts with the club and watch games from the Yankees’ dugout.