Russell Wilson off to a slow start at the plate

April, 20, 2011
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It's still early in the baseball season for "former" NC State quarterback Russell Wilson, but he's off to a slow start at the plate for the Asheville Tourists, the Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

NC State fans should be paying attention to the Tourists this season, as Wilson's performance could influence his decision on whether he comes back for his final season of eligibility.

So far, not so good.

Wilson is last on the team with a .152 batting average, and he's struck out in nearly half of his at-bats (15-in-33). He only has five hits, and in looking at the numbers alone, it's obvious he hasn't seen enough pitching, and that's because of his concentration on football. Not so for former Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker. He should have had a bat in his hand the moment he was drafted in the first round by the Rockies last year. Despite his dedication to football, he's still batting .357.

It's still very early. Anything can happen. But if Wilson plays this entire season in Class A and continues to bat .200 or lower, it should make his decision fairly easy.

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