Jacob Wilson may be one of the best, yet most anonymous infield prospects in the entire St. Louis Cardinals system.
The bottom line is that the 24-year-old finished in the top 10 among all players in the Cards organization this season in both batting average (.302) and slugging (.460). Wilson was promoted from Palm Beach to Springfield in May, adding 120 points to his slugging mark in Double-A, and was named the Texas League Player of the Week at the start of June. A few weeks later, he suffered a knee injury that ended his regular season.
Able to return for fall action, Wilson joined other Cardinals Arizona Fall League assignees in Jupiter, Fla. for workouts during instructional league camp. The right-handed hitter followed that up with a solid showing in the AFL prospect showcase, with a line of .289/.347/.389/.736. His seven doubles were second on the Peoria Javelinas and his 13 RBI tied for the team lead. Defensively, Wilson played second, first and even some third base as well as taking infield at shortstop.
Expect Wilson to easily crack the top 20 in The Cardinal Nation’s annual top 40 prospect countdown, which will begin this coming Monday, December 1st.
In the following exclusive interview, Wilson discusses his 2014 success, injury recovery, play in the AFL and looks ahead a bit to the potential of playing in front of family and friends in Memphis in 2015.
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