The Texas Rangers in the Triple-A portion of the MLB’s winter draft on Thursday drafted Wilson, who played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before pursuing a career in the NFL. The pro football star will be placed on the team’s restricted list.
“At the end of the day, he obviously has a lot bigger things that he’s working on right now and we don’t want to interrupt with that aspect of it, “Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller told the AP. But if at some point down the road he decides he wants to do baseball again, we felt like it would be a positive to have him with us.”
Thursday’s selection by the Rangers represents a return of sorts for Wilson, who was drafted as a second baseman by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina State University. Wilson would eventually leave the Rockies a year later to transition into football. At NCSU, the athlete stood out by excelling in football and baseball.
Like football, baseball served Wilson well with hitting .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs in two seasons playing at the Class A level. Wilson’s NFL career started years later after being taken in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. As a Seahawk, the 25-year-old player led his team to the playoffs in his rookie year. This season, Seattle is 11-2.