Brad Wilson Joins South Bend

Left-handed pitcher Taylor Sinclair has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with a groin injury. 33rd-round draft selection Brad Wilson has joined the South Bend Silver Hawks to fill the open roster spot.

Taylor Sinclair left last night's game after 1.2 innings with pain in his groin. He has been one of South Bend's most consistent pitchers this season, going 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 17 games and securing a spot in the rotation after pitching in a variety of roles for the first month of the season.  Since he is being replaced by a reliever in Brad Wilson, one of the other members of the Silver Hawk bullpen will likely replace Sinclair in the rotation.

Wilson spent his first two college seasons at Santa Ana Junior College, where he went 5-0 with 3.08 ERA as a sophomore.  He then played his junior collegiate season at Cal Poly Pomona, There, he posted a 3-6 record with a 4.99 ERA in 19 games (six starts), plus shared the team lead in saves with four. He threw 52 1/3 innings, allowed 59 hits,  fanned 41 batters, and walked 29. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the 33rd round of this year's First-Year Player Draft . 

"We'd been talking for a while and I figured the chances of Arizona selecting me were pretty strong," Wilson said. "I'm real excited and I can't wait. To become a professional ballplayer is every kid's dream.

After joining Yakima as a pro, Wilson went a 1-0 in 8.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with 12 strikeouts and only one walk, earning him the promotion to South Bend.

Wilson became the third member of the 2009 draft class to join the Silver Hawks after outfielders Marc Krauss and A.J. Pollock.  He is also the second member of his family to play professional baseball. Dave Wilson, his father, played in the San Francisco Giants' system in the late 70s. 

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