Born: December 20, 1997
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th Round, 109th overall pick, 2016 (Braves)
How Acquired: Trade (with Braves)
High School: Orange HS (Hillsborough, NC)
Agent: Steve Canter Pro Edge Sports
Wilson was drafted out of high school and came up through the Braves’ system quickly.  Since he first reached the majors, he’s rarely spent any significant period of time there.  The Braves instead of shuffled him back and forth between AAA and the majors with remarkable frequency; he’s been optioned 17 times and has never made more than three consecutive appearances in the majors in between.  Despite making appearances over four seasons, he threw only 74.1 IP total with the Braves.  Wilson in 2021 was throwing his fastball a little over 93 mph on average.  His average velocity has dropped gradually from 95.4 in 2018.  He doesn’t have a big swing-and-miss secondary pitch.  Depending on your source, his best one is either his curve or his change.  He also throws a slider that’s sometimes classified as a cutter.  His command is good and could make him an effective, back-of-the-rotation starter.  The Pirates acquired Wilson in the trade for Richard Rodriguez.

R:  1-1-0, 0.68 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 26.2 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 9.8 K/9

Wilson debuted briefly in the Gulf Coast League and had little trouble.  Baseball America rated him 25th in the Atlanta system after the season.

A:  10-7-0, 2.50 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 137.0 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 9.1 K/9

Atlanta sent Wilson to low A, where he spent the season in the rotation.  He put up good numbers across the board.  BA moved him up to 12th in a good system.

A+:  2-0-0, 0.34 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 26.2 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 8.8 K/9
AA:  3-5-0, 3.97 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 77.0 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 10.4 K/9
AAA:  3-0-0, 5.32 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 22.0 IP, 1.2 BB/9, 11.5 K/9

MLB:  1-0-0, 6.43 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 7.0 IP, 7.7 BB/9, 7.7 K/9

Wilson rose rapidly through the Braves’ system.  In his third game in AAA, he threw eight shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out 13.  His next start was his major league debut, at age 20, and he threw five shutout innings.  BA rated him sixth in the system.

AAA:  10-7-0, 3.42 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 121.0 IP, 1.9 BB/9, 8.8 K/9
MLB:  1-1-0, 7.20 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 20.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 7.2 K/9

Wilson spent most of the season in AAA, where he pitched well.  He made appearances in five separate stints in the majors totaling just six games.  He struggled in most of those games, including a home run allowed every four innings.  BA again ranked him sixth in the system.

MLB:  1-0-1, 4.02 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 15.2 IP, 5.2 BB/9, 8.6 K/9

During the pandemic season, the Braves called Wilson up from their alternate site three times.  He made six appearances, including two starts.  BA rated him fifth in a system that wasn’t as strong as it had been a couple years earlier.

AAA (Atl):  5-2-0, 4.23 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 55.1 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
MLB (Atl):  2-3-0, 4.83 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 31.2 IP, 2.3 BB/9, 6.0 K/9

Wilson spent the season traveling back and forth between Atlanta and Gwinnett.  He was optioned to AAA or the alternate site seven separate times, usually making just one major league appearance each trip.  Atlanta traded him to the Pirates at the deadline.

Wilson is likely to step right into the Pirates’ rotation and stay there.  He’ll have no options after 2021, so he’ll have to stay in the majors.  The Pirates no doubt are hoping that finally getting an extended stay in the majors will help him take a step forward.  Wilson won’t turn 24 until after the season.

2021: Major League Minimum
2019: $565,000
Signing Bonus: $1,200,000
MiLB Debut: 2016
MLB Debut: 8/20/2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible: 2027
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/18/2016
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2019, 2020, 2021)
MLB Service Time: 0.165
June 10, 2016: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 4th round, 109th overall pick; signed on June 25.
August 20, 2018:
Contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves.
July 30, 2021: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Ricky DeVito to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Richard Rodriguez.