LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been selected by the Texas Rangers from the Colorado Rockies in the Triple-A portion of baseball's winter meeting draft.
The Rangers made the Rule 5 pick Thursday. Wilson, who played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, will be placed on Texas' restricted list.
Wilson was drafted as a second baseman by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft out of North Carolina State, where he excelled at both baseball and football. In two seasons at the Class A level he hit .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs.
In 2011, he left the Rockies for football at the University of Wisconsin. He was required to return to the Rockies a portion of his $200,000 signing bonus.
Rangers spokesman John Blake tweeted that Wilson was drafted to "utilize his leadership skills" in the organization. Wilson is now on the Round Rock roster and does not have to be offered back to Colorado, Blake added.