Ethan Wilson Impresses Phillies With Power Bat
The first thing Phillies officials mention when outfielder Ethan Wilson’s name comes up is the great potential that lies in his lefthanded power stroke. The second is his intense passion for the game. It even comes out during batting practice.
“I’ve had several coaches tell me to chill out when I’m shagging,” Wilson said with a laugh. “I lose five pounds of water before the game and I’m sloppy in the game because I’m worn out from batting practice.”
In late March, the minor league staff sent the 22-year-old Wilson over to a big league game just so he could get some recovery time. After sitting around for three hours, he came off the bench and ripped a hit to right.
Wilson grew up in small-town Andalusia, Ala. He dreamed of playing for Auburn, but the program never called. His only offers were from Troy and South Alabama.
As a freshman at USA, he was named Sun Belt Conference player of the year after hitting .346 with 17 home runs. He didn’t see many fastballs and his performance slipped during his Covid-shortened sophomore season.
Wilson rebounded to hit .318 with eight homers in his junior season. Drawn to his bat, the Phillies drafted him in the second round in 2021.
Wilson’s first taste of pro ball was a learning experience. He hit just .215 with three homers in 30 games for Low-A Clearwater. He believes he’s in a good place for 2022.
With strong legs and a 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame, Wilson projects to have plenty of pop, though his approach is “hit it hard and see what happens.”
Wilson was honored with the Bill Giles Award for his dedication and standout play in minor league camp.
“Once he figures out his swing, identifies the pitches where he can do damage, he’s a guy who could take off.”