Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford University
Class: Junior; Height: 6-5; Weight: 245; B/T: R/R
Wilson’s preseason awards list speaks for itself: Preseason First Team All-America (Perfect Game), Preseason First Team All-America (Baseball America), Preseason Second Team All-America (Louisville Slugger), and Golden Spikes Award Watch List.
Wilson, who was nabbed in the 12th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 draft, lost a majority of this season due to a stress reaction in his right elbow. Through his first 31 games back, he’s hitting .288/.387/.475 with a raw .380 wOBA.
And despite the time lost his production is an improvement from his career line (.296/.371/.460).
Projection: He’s built well, but he’s never really shown a whole lot of power. And for a player relegated to a corner outfield spot that’s a bit concerning, though he did slug six homeruns in 23 games in the Cape last summer. He’s more about projectability right now, maybe with 20/20 potential. He might be what Oakland’s Michael Taylor was supposed to be, but there’s more risk here than normal though.
Ceiling: 3.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Drafted: First Round
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