Aaron Judge and Russell Wilson

5 MLB stars picked after Russell Wilson in 2010 draft ft. Aaron Judge

Russell Wilson has been one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the NFL over the last decade-plus. He spent 10 years with the Seattle Seahawks, helping them appear in the Super Bowl twice and winning a ring in one of them. He recently joined the Denver Broncos ahead of the 2022 NFL season to continue his career.

What some NFL fans may not know about Russell Wilson is that he had the opportunity to be a professional baseball player as well. He was an excellent infielder in high school and was recruited to play shortstop at North Carolina State University.


Wilson played football and baseball there before transferring to the University of Wisconsin to continue his college football career as a quarterback.

Prior to committing to a career in football, Wilson was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 140th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He spent two years in the minor league system before eventually landing with the New York Yankees. They still currently own Russell Wilson's rights if he ever decides to play baseball again.

That said, here are five current MLB stars who were selected after Russell Wilson in that same 2010 MLB Draft.

#1 - Kris Bryant

Colorado Rockies 3B Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant is first on this list of players picked after Wilson. He was selected with the 546th overall pick in the 18th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He would eventually land with the Chicago Cubs. He was one of their best players, helping them win a World Series title. He currently plays for the Colorado Rockies.

#2 - Jacob deGrom

New York Mets SP Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom was selected with the 272nd overall pick in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the New York Mets. He is arguably the greatest pitcher of this generation and one of the most dominant pitchers in MLB history. He has won two NL Cy Young Awards during his career.

#3 - Joc Pederson

San Francisco Giants OF Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson was selected with the 352nd overall pick in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He helped the team win a World Series ring in 2020 before joining their biggest rival, the San Francisco Giants, in 2022.


#4 - Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge was strangely picked after Russell Wilson in 2010.

Aaron Judge was selected with the 935th overall pick in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. He eventually joined the New York Yankees. He had a historic 2022 MLB season, including setting an American League record with 62 home runs. It's considered one of the best offensive seasons in MLB history.

#5 - Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray, who was selected after Russell Wilson in 2010.

Robbie Ray was selected with the 356th overall pick in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. He currently plays for the Seattle Mariners. His best season was in 2021 with the Toronto Blue Jays when he received the AL Cy Young award.

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