Wilson played baseball while at NC State, and was a fourth round pick of the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 amateur draft. He played two years of minor league baseball with them, splitting time between Tri-City of the Northwest League and Asheville of the South Atlantic League. He hit .228 with five home runs in 315 at-bats between 2010 and 2011. The Rangers selected Wilson off the Rockies roster in 2013 as part of the Rule 5 draft. He made brief appearances at their spring training faciltiy in 2014 and 2015.
According to ESPN, Wilson had talked about wanting to play for the Yankees, and so New York GM Brian Cashman and Texas GM Jon Daniels worked out a deal. Wilson is expected to appear at the Yankees Grapefruit League camp in the coming weeks after spring training opens. ESPN is reporting he is not looking to become a true two-sport athlete, but enjoys baseball and wants to play a little.
Really, this is just an excuse to post about Wilson getting traded and get people’s heart rate up!