Russell Wilson drafted in 4th round by Rockies
Posted June 8, 2010
Raleigh, N.C. — N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted deep in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies Tuesday.
The dual-sport athlete was the 140th selection in the draft. He is listed as a center fielder but could also play second base.
Colorado must like ACC quarterbacks who play in the outfield. The Rockies used their first pick (26th overall) to select Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker. He is listed as a right fielder.
Russell Wilson played for the Wolfpack behind All-ACC center fielder Kyle Wilson and hit .306 in 47 games with 3 home runs and 13 RBI. Wilson started 25 games and was second on the team in triples (2) and stolen bases (9).
Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said a lot of organizations were high on Wilson. "His make-up is off the chart," Avent said referring to Wilson's athleticism. "The guy is just mentally tough and he will find a way to beat you."
Avent said there was talk that Wilson could be taken in the 2nd round even with his limited playing time at NC State. The reasons?
"You take this kind of athlete," Avent explained. "With his desire to succeed and put that with everyday reps in baseball and he'll be a major leaguer."
Wilson's father has been in poor health and his condition may have an impact on Russell's future. The redshirt junior has said that he plans to return to N.C. State and play football but that was before he was drafted.
Elliott Avent said he and Wilson talked for quite some time after he was drafted but the coach has no idea what Russell will do.
"He'd be a great poker player," Avent joked. " He never shows his hand."