Rob Rains of stlsportspage.com reports:
As Austin Wilson saw all the text messages popping up on his cell phone, and his Twitter notifications going crazy, he knew something was going on. He just had no idea what.
“It was 7 o’clock in the morning,” Wilson said. “I was on my way to go hit and my phone was blowing up. I saw a lot of people saying ‘Congratulations, we’re going to miss you.’”
As he was trying to figure out what had happened, Wilson got a phone call from Tony Ferreira of the Cardinals’ front office, providing the answer. Wilson had been claimed by the Cardinals from the Seattle Mariners in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft at last week’s winter meetings.
“I was beyond shocked,” Wilson said. “I didn’t expect it, and honestly forgot it (the draft) was that day. I was pleasantly surprised. I knew I was available but since the last two years had been sub-par, I honestly thought that no one would take a chance. It was cool to have the Cardinals still believe in me.”