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RHP Brad Wilson Moving Up Quickly

Wilson skipped over two levels in 2019

RHP Brad Wilson Moving Up Quickly

April 29, 2019

Photo credit: Ohio Dominican University

Photo credit: Ohio Dominican University

Right-handed pitcher Brad Wilson has been reliable in a relief role since turning pro last June.

But for Wilson that role is all new as he has always been a starter in amateur ball.

“The toughest transition for me in pro ball is developing a routine,” said Wilson. “This is only my second season relieving, so I’m still trying to find what works best for me in terms of preparation and recovery.”

While, Wilson is still developing a routine in pro ball – his numbers have been outstanding.

Currently sporting a 0.72 WHIP, and an opponent batting average of just .125 has been a great start for Wilson.

What makes his start even more impressive is that he skipped over two levels of play. Spending 2018 with the rookie-advanced Bluefield Blue Jays – Wilson started off 2019 with the high-A Dunedin Blue Jays.

While, he’s still adjusting to his new level, he has already noticed a difference between the pitchers in Bluefield and Dunedin.

“The biggest difference I’ve noticed between Bluefield and Dunedin is the velocity,” stated Wilson. “Everybody here throws very hard.”

And throwing hard is right up Wilson’s alley, as he admits that he likes to attack hitters with his 2-seam and 4-seam fastballs.

“I like to attack hitters with my fastball in the zone,” explained Wilson. “I use my off-speed pitches as set up for a high fastball as a put out pitch.”

Wilson currently features two off-speed pitches: a slider, and a changeup which he tries to utilize every outing.

His quick start to pro ball has definitely caught the eyes of the Blue Jays front office. In fact, Wilson got an opportunity to pitch in big league camp this spring.

“It was a really cool experience, and it was a great chance to talk to some guys that have been around the block,” stated Wilson. “Getting into a game was really cool, too.”

Toronto Blue Jays fans hope that was the first of many future outings for Brad Wilson with the big club.