The Mariners took another bat with their second-round pick, No. 49 overall. They grabbed Stanford outfielder Austin Wilson, who is the third-ranked corner outfielder by Baseball America, and the No. 29 overall prospect, so this could be a real steal. Wilson is huge — 6-foot-5, 245 pounds — but that translated to just five homers this year. Projected as a preseason All-American, Wilson was hampered for much of the year by an elbow injury.
Interestingly, Dustin Peterson — the brother of Mariner first-round pick DJ Peterson — was chosen immediately after Wilson by the Padres with the No. 50 pick. So the Mariners had the opportunity to select both brothers. Instead, they went with Wilson, who would have been a top pick out of Harvard Westlake High School in California in 2010 but let teams know he planned to go to Stanford. The Cardinals picked him in the 12th round but he didn’t sign.
Here’s how Baseball America describes Wilson after three years in the Cardinal program: “Wilson still is more about potential than performance. Few players in this year’s class can match Wilson’s tools. He’s a chiseled specimen at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, a prototype right fielder and a solid-average runner who could play center field in a pinch. He gets great jumps on the ball and takes instinctive routes. With his cannon arm, he’ll be an above-average defender, but he still needs to prove himself with the bat.”
He hit .288 this year with five homers and 26 RBI. In 118 at-bats, he struck out just 18 times to go with 13 walks.