Seahawks' Wilson spends day as Texas Rangers baseball prospect

Seahawks' Wilson spends day as Texas Rangers baseball prospect
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reaches up to grab a throw as he works out with the Texas Rangers during spring training baseball practice, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Russell Wilson is the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, a Super Bowl champion, and for today, a prospect for the Texas Rangers.

Wilson worked out with the Rangers at their Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz. Monday. He took infield practice and he's even suited up for their Cactus League game against the Indians. Wilson isn't expected to play, though.

Baseball isn't new to the Seahawks' star. Wilson spent two years in the Colorado Rockies organization, playing for the Tri-City Dust Devils (Northwest League) and Asheville Tourists (South Atlantic League).

Wilson decided to leave baseball behind after he was drafted by the Seahawks in 2012, choosing to commit all of his time to football instead. Before that, Wilson was a dual-sports star throughout college at North Carolina State and Wisconsin.

Even though he was no longer playing for them, the Rockies retained Wilson's rights on the diamond until December. That's when the Rangers selected the star quarterback in the league's annual Rule 5 draft, shifting Wilson's baseball rights to Texas.

Wilson announced his intentions to attend Spring Training with the Rangers last week. It was an idea he even discussed with the media immediately after he was drafted by Texas.

To no one's surprise, Wilson voluntarily reportedly to Rangers camp a day early. He spent last night at a team dinner with sponsors, suite holders, and other Texas players.

Playing baseball isn't a new full-time job for Russell Wilson; he's only with the Rangers for today. On top of it being a fun experience for Wilson, it's more of a publicity stunt and motivational tactic for Texas. Wilson is expected top meet with the organization’s minor leaguers after Monday's game.