Wilson Easing His Way Back

After a season-ending injury last year, Kenny Wilson is back at full force with his body now at 100 percent. The outfielder spent most of last season playing with the Dunedin Blue Jays before suffering from a torn shoulder labrum in his non-throwing shoulder after a rough slide. He had surgery shortly after.

"I missed the rest of the season," he said. "I was done with rehab in September so the season was over with. I kept on doing rehab and I was getting mixed in with the guys in Instructional League and I was getting to play every couple games, and I was getting thrown back into the mix."

Wilson said his shoulder is completely back to normal now, allowing him to focus on aspects of his game other than rebuilding.

"It feels really good," he said. "It will be a year in June, so it's come a long way. It feels great. I wouldn't say it gives me trouble — it's 100 percent. It's strong. I do have days where it doesn't feel as good as it normally does but for the most part it feels good."

With the concern of an injured shoulder off of his mind, Wilson is able to concentrate on what makes him the ballplayer he truly is: his speed.

"Kenny's done a great job for us this year," hitting coach Kenny Graham said. "He came in and one of his biggest goals was to lead the league in runs scored and he's done a great job of getting on base and stealing some bases, and doing what he does best and that is to run."

Graham and manager John Tamargo both agree that Wilson's speed is his biggest strength, and the more he continues to develop that strength, the better he will be.

"He's getting on base, stealing bases for us," Tamargo said. "That's the type of player he is. He's a top of the order guy. He's got speed and he steals a lot of bases, that is his biggest strength is his speed and his base running abilities. He's a really good base runner, and he's a base-stealing threat at the upper level."

In terms of improvement, Wilson said he thinks he stills needs to continue working on his hitting to put him in the position to steal bases and make runs.

"[I need to] work on my approach and consistently try to make good contact," he sai-strike approach and not striking out as much as I have in the past. I'm working on my walks and just trying to get on base."

This season, Wilson has stolen 14 bases in 37 games. He also has made 28 hits and scored 24 runs with a batting average of .211. Although his hitting might need some work, Graham said the numbers aren't an accurate reflection of the type of season Wilson has had so far.

"He's had an unfortunate year so far," Graham said. "He's hit a lot of balls hard right at guys and we always say good hitters line out more and he's just been unlucky on the side of not having some of those balls fall in. He was third or fourth on the team in April as far as hard hit balls go so he's done a great job and played a tremendous center field for us."

Wilson said he believes confidence is one of the keys to the game, and his confidence level is "pretty high" at this point.

"I think in baseball it's important that you have confidence," he said. "If you walk out to the plate or do anything in this game without confidence you're not going to have success so I approach everyday with confidence."

Wilson looks at baseball with a mindset different than most players. He doesn't get too caught up in one aspect, and he said any improvements would make him a better ball player than before.

"If I can get better at any aspect of my game I would be grateful for that," he said. "I'm always looking to improve in everything whether it be base stealing, getting better jumps in the outfield, working on my hitting everyday, throwing the ball, anything. If I can get better at anything that's a plus for me."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I missed the rest of the season,\" he said. \"I was done with rehab in September so the season was over with. I kept on doing rehab and I was getting mixed in with the guys in Instructional League and I was getting to play every couple games, and I was getting thrown back into the mix.\"
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\r\nWilson said his shoulder is completely back to normal now, allowing him to focus on aspects of his game other than rebuilding.
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\r\n\"It feels really good,\" he said. \"It will be a year in June, so it's come a long way. It feels great. I wouldn't say it gives me trouble — it's 100 percent. It's strong. I do have days where it doesn't feel as good as it normally does but for the most part it feels good.\"
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\r\nWith the concern of an injured shoulder off of his mind, Wilson is able to concentrate on what makes him the ballplayer he truly is: his speed.
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\r\n\"Kenny's done a great job for us this year,\" hitting coach Kenny Graham said. \"He came in and one of his biggest goals was to lead the league in runs scored and he's done a great job of getting on base and stealing some bases, and doing what he does best and that is to run.\"
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\r\nGraham and manager John Tamargo both agree that Wilson's speed is his biggest strength, and the more he continues to develop that strength, the better he will be.
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\r\n\"He's getting on base, stealing bases for us,\" Tamargo said. \"That's the type of player he is. He's a top of the order guy. He's got speed and he steals a lot of bases, that is his biggest strength is his speed and his base running abilities. He's a really good base runner, and he's a base-stealing threat at the upper level.\"
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\r\nIn terms of improvement, Wilson said he thinks he stills needs to continue working on his hitting to put him in the position to steal bases and make runs.
\r\n
\r\n\"[I need to] work on my approach and consistently try to make good contact,\" he sai-strike approach and not striking out as much as I have in the past. I'm working on my walks and just trying to get on base.\"
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\r\nThis season, Wilson has stolen 14 bases in 37 games. He also has made 28 hits and scored 24 runs with a batting average of .211. Although his hitting might need some work, Graham said the numbers aren't an accurate reflection of the type of season Wilson has had so far.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's had an unfortunate year so far,\" Graham said. \"He's hit a lot of balls hard right at guys and we always say good hitters line out more and he's just been unlucky on the side of not having some of those balls fall in. He was third or fourth on the team in April as far as hard hit balls go so he's done a great job and played a tremendous center field for us.\"
\r\n
\r\nWilson said he believes confidence is one of the keys to the game, and his confidence level is \"pretty high\" at this point.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think in baseball it's important that you have confidence,\" he said. \"If you walk out to the plate or do anything in this game without confidence you're not going to have success so I approach everyday with confidence.\"
\r\n
\r\nWilson looks at baseball with a mindset different than most players. He doesn't get too caught up in one aspect, and he said any improvements would make him a better ball player than before.
\r\n
\r\n\"If I can get better at any aspect of my game I would be grateful for that,\" he said. \"I'm always looking to improve in everything whether it be base stealing, getting better jumps in the outfield, working on my hitting everyday, throwing the ball, anything. If I can get better at anything that's a plus for me.\"
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