Josh Wilson Missed MLB Roster by 'This Much'

Josh Wilson, whose father Mike is in his 16th season as head coach of Duquesne's baseball team, was a non-roster invitee to the Arizona Diamondbacks spring training camp but will be starting the '09 season in the minors.

Josh Wilson made it till the weekend before Arizona's season opener. Friday night, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Wilson and Josh Whitesell were told that the final Diamondbacks' infield spot went to Ryan Roberts and that they would start the season with the franchise's Triple-A team, the Reno Aces.

During Cactus League play, Wilson was fourth in at-bats (60) and hit .317 with a team-best 13 RBIs. Earlier this week, Wilson told the newspaper that his primary goal was not to make the big-league club out of camp but to get there sometime this year.

Wilson was drafted by the Florida Marlins as the 86st overall selection in the third round of the 1999 amateur draft. He made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2005 and played with the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007.

Wilson has played every infield position in the majors except first base, with 60 of 103 games at short. He has a .233 career batting and .941 career fielding averages. He also has a perfect ERA (0.00) on the mound; pitched one inning of mop up for the Devil Rays two years ago.

Reno, which plays in the four-team Pacific South division of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), opens the season on Thursday, April 9th at Salt Lake City's Bees.

This is his third go-round in the PCL. In 2006, Wilson batted .307 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 89 games with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. In 2005, he batted .257 with career highs in home runs (17), RBI (82), doubles (31), and games (143) for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

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