Player: Alex Wilson
Born: November 3rd, 1986, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Drafted: By the Boston Red Sox in the 2nd round of 2009 amateur draft.
- 6 years in the minors spanning four different levels of minor league baseball spent mostly as a starter.
- 30 wins and 6 saves at the minor league levels with 396 strikeouts in 434 innings.
- Went 15-5 with 158 strikeouts from 2011-2014 during his time in AAA.
- 3.82 career Minor League ERA. His best was in 2011 with a 3.05 ERA during his time in AA.
- Major League debut was April 11, 2013.
- 41 career strikeouts with a 3.38 career ERA over 44 games played with the Red Sox over 2013 and 2014.
Alex Wilson was originally drafted the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2008 amateur draft, but after not signing a major league contract, Wilson reentered the draft the following year and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2nd round of the 2009 amateur draft,. Six days after being drafted, Wilson signed with the Red Sox and remained within their organization for the next five years. Wilson made his major league debut with the Red Sox on April 11, 2013 as he entered in relief for a game against the Baltimore Orioles and tossed one scoreless inning with 1 Strikeout and 1 Walk. Over the next two years, Wilson appeared in 44 games for Boston, tallying up 41 strikeout’s over 56 innings pitched and an ERA of 3.38. He was acquired by the Detroit Tigers on December 11th, 2014 as part of the trade with the Red Sox that also landed the Tigers Yoenis Cespedes.
While seemingly an afterthought in Cespedes deal, Wilson has potential to be a key cog in the Tigers’ bullpen this coming year. Over the past few years, the bullpen has been one of the reoccurring problems consistently for Detroit. This season, per usual, the Tigers will most likely carry seven or eight bullpen arms on the everyday roster. After virtual locks Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Al Alburquerque, Bruce Rondon and Tom Gorzelanny, two or three spots appear up for grabs. Wilson’s known as a fastball pitcher, but has been working to develop his seldom-used curveball as well, per Tony Paul of The Detroit News. Ultimately, it will come down to how Wilson performs in Spring Training if he’s able to make the opening day roster, but in the case that he doesn’t, don;t be surprised to see Wilson called up on a handful of occasions throughout the 2015 season.