The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Player Profile
(including links to full 2013 and career stats)
School: University of Memphis
Selected 2013 stats
Message board community (36): Unranked in the top 40 last winter, Jacob Wilson comes in at #36 in the community vote this year. In Wilson's first professional season, 2012, he showed good power with a .785 OPS in 46 games in the New York-Penn League.
In 2013, his first full season as professional, Wilson demonstrated that same power with 18 home runs and a .760 OPS between Peoria and Palm Beach. That performance earned Wilson an invitation to the Arizona Fall League to continue playing baseball for at least a couple more months after the minor league regular season ended.
Wilson was drafted in the tenth round out of Memphis in 2012. Like other prototypical Cardinals college bat picks with solid track records as amateurs, all they have done since moving into professional baseball is perform well. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig are the prime examples of these types of draft picks that have made it to the major leagues.
Wilson possesses a good bat, not many flashy tools, but he can really square the ball up. If he can stick at second base, his value would obviously only increase. He is one of those players you pencil into a lineup just for the bat, then you try to figure out exactly where he can play.
Wilson got in some games in the Arizona Fall League facing some of the best pitching competition minor league baseball has to offer as far as talent is concerned. He could very well start at Springfield in 2014 if there is a need for a bat. - DTFlush234
Brian Walton (27): Wilson has been one of the Cardinals prospects flying the most under the radar last season and this, in my opinion. After a strong campaign at Peoria this summer, the 23-year-old finished the regular season at Palm Beach.
This fall, Wilson was among seven Cardinals farmhands invited to participate in the Arizona Fall League. He was the least-experienced of the group, with just 32 games at the A-Advanced level under his belt, so expectations were tempered.
Though not a regular starter, when called upon in the desert, Wilson responded. The right-handed hitter put up a solid line of .304/.373/.413/.786 line in 46 at-bats over 13 games. For Salt River, Wilson plated an average of one runner per game. The production was not all that surprising, given his 72 RBI in 97 Midwest League contests earlier this summer.
I have seen enough of Wilson at second base to have established a reasonable level of optimism that he can remain there defensively going forward. He will have a lot better chance reaching the bigs as a good-hitting second baseman rather than an average-to-below average-hitting corner outfielder.
In all fairness, I felt the same way about Colin Walsh a year ago. He ended up finding the competition tougher when making the same steps in 2013 that Wilson will attempt in 2014. The jury remains out.
In his own words: In November from the AFL, Wilson spoke about his 2013 season and more. Click here for our interview, exclusively for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation.
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