April 24, 2014: The Twins have claimed outfielder Kenny Wilson off waivers from the Blue Jays ...
He has been assigned to AA New Britain.
Player: Kenneth Earl Wilson Jr.
Born: 01/30/1990 (24)
Birthplace: Tampa, FL
Drafted: 2008, Blue Jays, 2nd round (#63 overall)
BA Prospect Ranking: #22 in Blue Jays organization 2014
Kenny was a switch hitter but gave it up starting in 2012. Until that change his batting average at various minor league levels had fluctuated in the .200-.210 range, while afterward it took a jump to the .260-.270 range. He walks enough to tack on around .080-.100 for his OBP, most years.
He has had good success stealing bases, registering them at a rate of 40+ per season.
He is strikeout prone, racking up 100+ per season. Unfortunately this is not compensated by home run power, nor does he hit particularly many doubles and triples.
On the defensive side, he has played the vast majority of his time in CF. Presumably this means his D has been acceptable for that critical position; this article from a few years ago describes him as well above average but I suspect that, like all the children at Lake Wobegon, most center fielders are.
He spent some time with injuries in 2011 (torn labrum) and 2013 (shin stress fracture); but he was healthy enough to go to the Arizona Fall League in 2013, and then the Jays added him to their 40-man roster to avoid exposing him to the Rule 5 draft.
Baseball-reference.com lists him as Kenneth E. Wilson, but in this article he mentions his father as Kenneth Earl Wilson Sr. So I am going out on a limb and attaching the full name with Jr. to him.
Edited by ashburyjohn, 24 April 2014 - 10:29 PM.