The Mets took a pitcher and the Yankees lost a pitcher during Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft, but the most interesting transaction occurred during the minor league phase of the annual event and involves a player who will never take the field.
The Rangers took Colorado second baseman Russell Wilson – yes, that Russell Wilson, the Seahawks star quarterback. Wilson was selected by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and hit .229 with a .354 on-base percentage and five home runs in 93 career games. He’s currently on the restricted list, due to the fact that he left that "promising" baseball career for the gridiron.
Though Wilson won’t play for Texas, the Rangers front office can now at least boast that their organization possesses a better quarterback than the Cowboys.
In terms of transactions that matter, the Mets took righthander Seth Rosin from the Phillies with the 10th overall pick in the major league portion. Rosin has a 4.00 career minor league ERA in 108 games (42 starts) and has struck out 273 and walked 88 in 295 innings. He was 9-6 with a 4.33 ERA for the Phillies Double-A affiliate in 2013. Rosin was the Mets’ lone selection, and they didn’t lose any of their own players during the Major League portion of the draft.
Rosin was a Met for mere minutes, however, as the Mets traded him to the Dodgers.
The Yankees, however, lost Double-A righthander Thomas Kahnle to the Rockies with the eighth overall pick. Kahnle has a 3.07 ERA in 214 career minor league innings, all in relief, and has struck out 285. Though he has excellent strikeout numbers, he has control issues, walking 123 during his career and 45 in 60 innings in 2013. The Yankees opted not to draft any players.
Teams selected in the major league portion of the draft must remain on a team's 25-man roster for the entire season or they have to be offered back to their original club for $25,000.