Which MLB team drafted Russell Wilson?
MLB draft: Russell Wilson was drafted twice by MLB teams before he was drafted by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. In 2007, Baltimore drafted Wilson out of high school in the 41st round. In 2010, Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round.
NFL Draft: In 2012, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Wilson in the third round with the 75th overall pick.
Details: Wilson played the 2010 and 2011 baseball seasons in the Rockies farm system. In 93 games, the second baseman hit .229 with 5 HR, 26 RBI, and slugging percentage of .356. That was enough for Wilson to take his former coach at North Carolina State, Tom O’Brien, and use the remainder of his eligibility to return to college football. Wilson played one season for the University of Wisconsin before being drafted by the Seahawks. His baseball rights were traded to the Texas Rangers and Wilson appeared in spring training camp with them a few times but didn’t play and real games. On Feb. 7, 2018, the Rangers traded Wilson to the New York Yankees. Neither the Yankees nor Wilson expects the Super Bowl-winning quarterback to wear pinstripes. Rather, the deal was made as a friendly gesture to Wilson, whose father was a Yankees fan before he died.
“The reason this is so special to me is that I used to always tell my dad I always wanted to be a Yankee,” Wilson told MMQB. “I said to him, ‘Some day, Dad, I will be a Yankee.’ And so now that dream has come true—a little bit. My main, No. 1 focus is winning Super Bowls and winning football games. But the reality is that baseball has always been a major part of my life, and I couldn’t be happier to be keeping that alive with the Yankees.”
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