Two-time Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson is set for his second appearance at spring training with the Texas Rangers.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback is scheduled to visit the Arizona camp March 28. Like he did in a visit last spring, Wilson is expected to go through a morning workout with the Rangers, address minor leaguers and be in uniform for an exhibition game. It is unlikely that he will play in the game against the San Diego Padres.
Texas selected Wilson in the Class AAA portion of baseball’s December draft in 2013. Even with Wilson settled into an NFL career, the Rangers felt he could have an impact on their young players.
“He has done something that each one of these players aspire to do, and that’s win a world championship,” new Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Anytime you have a guy like that in camp, it is a big deal to be able to share experiences and leadership values.”
Wilson was a minor league infielder in the Colorado Rockies organization in 2010 and 2011 before going back to college to play football and then getting drafted by Seattle in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft.
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 parts of two seasons (2010-11) at the low minor leagues, he hit .229 with five homers and 26 RBIs.
In 2011, he left the Rockies for football at the University of Wisconsin.