Don’t Sleep On Justin Wilson

Don’t Sleep On Justin Wilson

It may not be right out of Spring Training, but at some point this season I expect Justin Wilson to be firmly entrenched in the Pirates' major league bullpen.

Quick re-cap -- Wilson was a 5th round pick from the 2008 draft.  He was a hero as a starter for Fresno State in the College World Series.  He has been a starter in college and the vast majority of his time in the Pirates' minor league system.

Wilson has made 73 starts and 10 relief appearances during his 3 years in the system.  Wilson is said to possess such movement on his pitches that it works against him leading to high walk totals.  The 24-year-old has a career mark of 4.5 BB/9 in the minors.

Near the end of the 2011 season, however, the Pirates moved Wilson into a bullpen role.  While in the bullpen, Wilson's fastball jumped...

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