Russell Wilson finally got a chance to step up to the plate at spring training, but he struck out swinging against Atlanta Braves lefty Max Fried on Friday.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback has been working out with the New York Yankees at spring training this week, but he had not been given an opportunity to get an at bat. With him scheduled to leave on Sunday, the former Colorado Rockies' fourth-round draft pick in 2010 finally got his chance.
He was pinch-hitting for right fielder Aaron Judge in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Wilson fell behind the count 0-2 after fouling off a fastball and taking a curveball for a strike. After two pitches in the dirt, Wilson struck out on a 93 mph high and inside.
Reports are that Wilson has been hitting well at batting practice and fielding balls nicely. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said at the NFL Combine he didn't have a problem with his Super Bowl-winning quarterback working out with the Yankees. He also had some feedback.
"He's not doing a great job of going with pitches away from him," Carroll said. "We are hoping he will start putting the ball into right field a little bit more, you know? We want him to go with the pitch. Aside from that, the curveball is still giving him a problem, like it always did, you know, back in the day. So we will see what happens."
It was a big moment for Fried who only made his MLB debut last season. He went 1-1 in nine games and had a 3.81 ERA.
The Yankees were able to rally after trailing 4-0. Tyler Austin hit a walk-off two run home run off Phillip Pfeifer to win the game 5-4.