Prior to emerging as one of the best college quarterbacks in the country at Wisconsin this season Russell Wilson was picked by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.
He played parts of two minor-league seasons, hitting just .229 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 93 games as a rookie-ball and Single-A second baseman, and not surprisingly Wilson has informed the Rockies that he plans to stick with football.
Joe Schad of ESPN.com reports that Wilson will not report to spring training and will instead focus on getting ready for the NFL draft, which is interesting considering he transferred to Wisconsin in the first place partly because the North Carolina State coaching staff wanted him to fully commit to football.
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. does not have Wilson ranked among his top five quarterbacks, so Wilson may go lower in the seven-round NFL draft than he did in the 50-round MLB draft. He received a $200,000 bonus to sign with the Rockies in 2010.
And this concludes my Mike Florio impression.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.