The Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Rockies in the minor league phase of December’s Rule 5 Draft. While we’re not looking at the next two-sport superstar here, Wilson confirmed via his Twitter account today that he will make an appearance at Rangers spring training:
Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory that that his client has “no plans to actively participate” in camp with Texas, so don’t expect him to do much of anything. Chances are he’ll simply chat with the team’s minor leaguers and take some pictures.
Wilson was a fourth-round pick of the Rockies in 2010 and batted .229/.354/.356 in 379 plate appearances over two seasons in the minors. He gave up baseball in 2012 in order to prepare for the NFL Draft. That decision has worked out pretty well for him.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had another fantastic night last night. He went 3-for-3, hitting a home run for the fourth game in a row, had an RBI single and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances in New York’s 7-4 win over Minnesota.
For the year that gives Gregorius a line of .372/.470/.833, putting him atop the American League in average, slugging, OPS, and OPS+. He also leads the league in total bases (65) and RBI (29). He leads all of baseball in fWAR at 2.2, edging out Mike Trout despite the fact that Trout has played in two more games. He’s second behind Trout in homers with nine.
After last night’s game he insisted that he is not a home run hitter:
“I do have a lot of home runs, but it’s not like I am going out there to try to hit them . . . I’m not a power guy like Judge and Stanton, who hit 50 to 60 and up. Those are the guys who actually hit home runs. One year, let’s say, I hit five — then you ask me where that part went . . . if they go out, they go out. I’m just mostly trying to barrel it up and get a good swing . . . I try to hit line drives and if you check most of my home runs they were line drives,” he said. “It’s not like I am going up to hit deep fly balls.”
Given that he hit 25 homers last year and 20 the year before, he’s being a bit modest, even if he’s not likely to keep up this torrid pace. That modesty is not stopping some people from getting a bit carried away, of course:
We’ll forgive Bob for the hyperbole. Didi has been fun to watch.