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Baltimore drafted Seattle QB Russell Wilson in 2007


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Maybe I'm the last person to know this.

I was perusing 2013 projections from Steamer, as offered on Fangraphs. They have a player named "Russell Wilson" as putting up 322PA and a slashline of .191/.247/.273 in the 2013 MLB season. It didn't have a team next to his name, but I assumed he was some hot shot prospect from another team looking to break out this year. I looked up who it was.

It wasn't simply a person who happens to have the same name as the Seahawk's breakout star QB; it IS him. Someone was having a little fun over at Steamer, projecting his MLB stats this year, had he stuck with baseball.

His Baseball-Reference link on google had blurb about him being drafted by the Orioles. I did a double take; "No way", I thought. Why didn't I know or remember that? I follow the drafts and the minor leagues pretty close ... but there it is:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=wilson001rus

So I went to the QB's wikipedia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Wilson ... and confirmed it. We took him with the 41st pick. In the same draft we picked Matt Wieters, Jake Arrieta, Joe Mahoney, Matt Angle and Tim Bascom with the first five picks. None of the other picks panned out.

Says here we drafted him and he decided to go to NC State instead. The Rockies drafted him in 2010 and he played a few games for them in 2011. He told them he wouldn't be coming back for 2012. The rest is, as they say, history.

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I believe a more accurate statement would be: "In the same draft we picked Matt Wieters. None of the other picks panned out."

I guess I was thinking more along the lines of Mahoney and Angle at least played in the majors, and Bascom isn't a complete lost cause yet. If enough stuff were to go down, Bascom would be in line to come up if his numbers were good.

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I guess I was thinking more along the lines of Mahoney and Angle at least played in the majors, and Bascom isn't a complete lost cause yet. If enough stuff were to go down, Bascom would be in line to come up if his numbers were good.

I believe, at minimum, the following pitchers will either be on the Orioles' major league staff or ahead of Bascom in the pipeline....

Jason Hammel

Wei-Yin Chen

Chris Tillman

Miguel Gonzalez

Jim Johnson

Darren O'Day

Troy Patton

Brian Matusz

Luis Ayala

Pedro Strop

Dylan Bundy

Tsuyoshi Wada

T.J. McFarland

Tommy Hunter

Steve Johnson

Zach Britton

Jake Arrieta

Kevin Gausman

Mark Hendrickson

Zack Clark

Joel Pineiro

Mike Belfiore

Mike Wright

Todd Redmond

So a callup for Bascom would likely be more indicative of many, many superior options failing than him 'panning out'.

Don't mean to bust your balls, and I realize the main point of your post wasn't to suggest 2007 was a good draft for the Orioles. However, over 1,500 players appear in the majors each season. An 0-4 callup, 6.20 ERA pitching, or .177 hitting doesn't make a whole lot of difference from an AAA'er. Being called up as roster filler is more often about being at the right place at the right time than distinguishing yourself from AAA teammates.

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