- Full name Izzy Wilson
- Born 03/06/1998 in
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: L / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
Track Record: Wilson has the kind of tools that make scouts dream. He and White Sox outfielder Micker Adolfo grew up together in St. Thomas but moved to the Dominican Republic to train in preparation for their baseball careers. Wilson has long had athleticism, strength and speed, but his immature approach was readily apparent when he struggled after a promotion to high Class A Florida.
Scouting Report: Wilson was a shortstop when he signed, but he quickly moved to center field as a pro and now plays right field predominantly, where he's an average defender who is limited by his routes. His tools are excellent. He's an above-average runner with a plus arm and plus raw power. But his hitting approach is simplistic to the extreme and leads scouts to project him as a below-average hitter. He is looking to attack and pull a fastball whatever the count, which leads him too often hacking at three pitches and then heading back to the dugout. If he can develop selectivity, he has the tools to be a useful big leaguer.
The Future: Wilson is a high-risk prospect, but one who has the tools to be a regular if he puts it all together. A return to high Class A Florida will be a big test.
Wilson is one of the more athletic outfielders in the Braves' system. A shortstop as an amateur, Wilson immediately moved to the outfield in pro ball, where his plus speed is apparent and his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame fits better. As a lefthanded-hitting center fielder with an above-average arm that can handle right field, Wilson has the perfect fourth outfielder profile, though it's not hard to find scouts who think he'll develop into a regular. The Braves were happy to see the strides he took at the plate this year. He's still pull-happy and right field is still a no-fly zone for Wilson, but he started to use center field regularly in 2017. Wilson has the tools and the short, simple swing to be a plus hitter. He also can drop down a bunt and beat it out using his speed. He's too skinny as of yet to drive the ball consistently, but he has the frame to end up with average power if he fills out as expected. Wilson likely returns to low Class A Rome to start 2018, but he could play his way to high Class A Florida before the season ends.