One of the strangest MLB Draft picks this past season saw the Texas Rangers draft Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson in the Rule 5 draft. According to Fansided on Feb. 2, the reason that Texas drafted an NFL quarterback was because they hope he will attend Spring Training with the team.
The Rule 5 draft in baseball allows baseball teams with open spots on their minor league rosters to draft any player in the minor league system who has been there for four or five years, based on age, to keep teams from stockpiling talent in the minors that could be starting somewhere else.
By drafting Russell Wilson, the Texas Rangers have to keep him on their 25-man roster for the entire season, trade him or offer him back to the team they drafted him from. It was the Colorado Rockies who held his rights.
When asked why Texas would waste a draft pick on a player who will probably never play for them, general manager Jon Daniels explained his reasoning. Daniels said that he wants Wilson, who led the Seattle Seahawks to the first Super Bowl today, to come to Spring Training.
The reason is not because Daniels feels Wilson will play for the Rangers this year, but because he hopes that Wilson can use his experiences to help motivate the young players. He said Wilson has the work ethic and desire to win, and that can rub off onto young talent.
If Russell Wilson comes to Texas Rangers camp and brings the stories and experience of winning a Super Bowl, that could make him a huge Rule 5 MLB draft pick for Texas.