|No. 19 — Austin Wilson, RF
|Acquired: Second Round, 2013 Draft — Stanford
Wilson has every physical tool anyone could ever ask for and he’s a hard worker who’s coachable. He’s had some issues staying off the disabled list, though, and some of his production dipped when he developed a homer-happy kind of swing. That sounds funny, too, because he was Stanforded (my word) in college, which is the 360-degree opposite of a loopy, fly-ball, pull-happy swing path.
Wilson is an above-average runner with a 60-grade arm and 60 raw power. He’s yet to reach Double-A ball yet, however, and now is 24 years of age. In addition, it’s not clear Wilson has shown he’s ready for the Southern League, but the smart money is on the Mariners pushing him there in a sink-or-swim kind of approach to Wilson’s prospects.
Wilson, who’s 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, does have holes, primarily down in the zone and up out of the zone where better discipline will counter effectively. Good velocity has been one source of krytonite, despite good bat speed, suggesting a backwards game plan (protect against the breaking ball, react fastball) and/or some mechanical issues that may not be fixable on a long-armed, big body like Wilson.