Sometimes sport stars can have too much talent.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was selected by MLB outfit Texas Rangers for their Triple-A list in yesterday’s winter draft, it was reported by the Guardian.
Wilson sporadically played minor-league baseball before being drafted for the NFL franchise in 2012 and is highlighted as a potential second baseman for the Rangers.
The 25-year-old helped the Seahawks reach the play-offs in his rookie season. Seattle have an outstanding record of 11-2 this season and have already reached the play-offs.
As a consequence, Wilson is unlikely to be turning out for Texas next year, as Rangers assistant general manager AJ Preller explained: “At the end of the day, he obviously has a lot bigger things that he’s working on right now.
In 2010 amateur draft Wilson was selected as second baseman by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round. At North Carolina State University he was prolific at baseball and American football and in two seasons at Class A level he hit .229 with fiver homeruns and 26 RBIs.
Texas Rangers are believed to have paid $12,000 for Wilson’s services. Preller insists the investment is worth the cash.
"You see him playing on Sundays. You hear about the worth ethic, the person. I think that’s going to be a positive message for all of our players.”
Wilson admitted his surprise at the selection by general manager Jon Daniels but confirmed his focus is on football.
Wilson said: “It’s a pretty cool thing. It’s my third time being drafted in baseball so it’s a blessing for sure.
“My focus is on football, Mr Daniels and I talked about that.”
Depending on the Seahawk’s success at the end of the season and Wilson’s health, there is a very realistic chance Rangers’ fans could see the quarterback playing baseball in some capacity.
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