Perhaps it is time to pay attention to Alex Wilson, the Braves’ 15th round pick in the 2012 draft out of Wofford.
Wilson has put up good numbers in each of his first three seasons of pro ball. He’ll be 24 years old next April, when he’ll probably report to Double-A Mississippi to start the 2015 season. But if he continues to produce solid statistics, he might not be in the minor leagues much longer.
Last season in Lynchburg, Wilson pitched in 42 games and saved 16. He had a 2.02 ERA, with 49 hits allowed in 62.1 innings, 18 walks and 57 strikeouts.
The year before in Rome, Wilson had a 3.59 ERA in 33 games, with eight saves. In his first season with the Braves, Wilson posted a 2.73 ERA for the Danville Braves in the summer of 2012.
So in his three pro seasons, Wilson’s ERA is 2.74 in 90 games, with 130 strikeouts in 141.1 innings.
Wilson has a fastball in the mid-90s, with a changeup and slider. The Braves will likely send Wilson to Double-A Mississippi to start the 2015 season, and as Shae Simmons proved last year that’s close enough to where if Wilson is doing well he could make the jump to Atlanta.
Wilson is not on the 40-man roster, but the 6-5 right-hander will likely be high on the list of minor leaguers to be called over to pitch in major league spring training games in March. The Braves need to see more of Wilson, and as he’s tested in Double-A next season he will tell them through his performance if he has big league potential.
But going on the numbers, Wilson is opening eyes. The Braves love having a large number of bullpen options ready at all times, and if Wilson continues to do well he will be on the radar real soon as a potential Atlanta Braves reliever.
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Prospect Report: Alex Wilson
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