- Full name Philip Tyler Wilson
- Born 09/25/1989 in Lynchburg, VA
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Virginia
- Debut 05/20/2015
Drafted in the 10th round (305th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2011 (signed for $20,000).
View Draft ReportTyler Wilson works with a fastball in the upper 80s and solid secondary stuff.
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The Orioles have certainly gotten a return on their investment of $20,000. That was the bonus for Wilson when the Orioles drafted the Virginia senior with a 10th-round pick in 2011. His slow and steady rise through the system culminated in his addition to the 40-man roster after the 2014 season and major league debut in 2015, when he threw a scoreless ninth inning on May 20 against the Mariners. The outing ended with a Robinson Cano 6-4-3 double-play ball. Wilson is a control pitcher who averaged 2.2 walks per nine innings in the minors. His solid-average fastball mostly sits between 88-92 mph and can touch a bit more. His slider and changeup now also rate solid-average and his slider shows tight spin and good depth. Wilson has outstanding makeup with a strong work ethic and strong poise. He showed no fear or nerves on a big league mound, and he'll compete in spring for an Opening Day roster spot with Baltimore or head to the Triple-A Norfolk rotation.
No longer is Wilson overlooked after the Orioles added him to the 40-man roster in November. Drafted out of Virginia after his senior year in 2011, he's made slow, steady progress through the system, culminating in his being named Baltimore's minor league pitcher of the year in 2014. He went 14-8, 3.67 in 28 starts at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk and tied for ninth in the minors with 157 innings. Wilson's strong season was the result of a solid-average fastball, improved secondary pitches and a work ethic that one Baltimore staff member ranked as good as any in the organization. Wilson pitched at 90-94 mph, showing an uptick in velocity after a winter of workouts. His slider and changeup now also rate solid-average. His slider showed tight spin and good depth. A strike-thrower, Wilson has averaged 2.3 walks per nine in his career. Wilson's ceiling is a back-end starter, and he should return to Norfolk in 2015.
The Robin to 2011 No. 2 overall pick Danny Hultzen's Batman in Virginia's weekend rotation, Wilson went in the 10th round that June and received $20,000 as a senior sign. He won an award recognizing him as the outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I baseball. Wilson reached high Class A in his first full pro season while demonstrating the system's best command. With fringy stuff across the board, he doesn't have a high ceiling but succeeds with competitiveness and moxie. Wilson knows how to get outs by keeping the ball down. He works off a sinking, grounder-inducing 87-91 mph fastball that he maintains deep into games. He also throws an average slider and an inconsistent changeup. Baltimore overhauled Wilson's delivery throughout last season, and it's now clean and repeatable. He has earned an assignment to Double-A, where more advanced hitters will test him. Though he doesn't project as more than a No. 5 starter or middle reliever, his resolve may get him to the big leagues.
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- Rated Best Control in the Baltimore Orioles in 2013