ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS SPORTS) – The 2013 Winter Meetings come to an end on Thursday, unofficially with the morning’s Rule 5 draft. Most executives will leave Orlando by midday.
A total of nine players were selected in the major-league phase (fewest in 15 years), but the most interesting pick came in the Triple-A portion. The Texas Rangers selected current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Colorado Rockies with the 15th pick and now control his baseball rights.
The Rockies drafted Wilson in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of North Carolina State. He signed with the Rockies and yes, he did play in their farm system for a portion of the 2010-11 seasons. He hit .229/.354/.356 with five home runs, 19 stolen bases and 118 strikeouts in 93 Class A games as a second baseman.
Wilson’s baseball career came to end in 2012, when he was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round and given close to $3 million.
Wilson obviously made the right choice and it’s all but guaranteed he will never play baseball again. If he does though, it will now be for the Rangers.
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