College Draft Profile: Austin Wilson

 

Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford University

Class: Junior; Height: 6-5; Weight: 245; B/T: R/R

Updated: 06/02/13

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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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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