Jacob Wilson – we hardly knew ye.
The minor league utility man had finally gotten a chance with the Oakland A’s, only to be designated for assignment as the team needed roster space following a flurry of trades. However, it did not take long for Wilson to find a new home, as he has been claimed by the Astros.
Jacob Wilson getting another chance
Wilson had a long journey to the majors. He had been selected in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Cardinals, spent parts of three seasons in the Nationals system, and played for the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization. Finally, he signed with the A’s as a minor league free agent prior to this season.
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He had certainly earned his chance at the majors. Wilson had produced a strong .288/.385/.630 batting line in 218 Triple-A plate appearances, hitting 14 homers and 17 doubles. While there is the caveat that the former Pacific Coast League, and Las Vegas in particular, have been offensive havens, that production was worth a look.
However, he did not get much of a chance at the major league level. Wilson appeared in six games, receiving just seven plate appearances. While he was able to record his first major league hit and score a run, that was the extent of his production. He just was not a part of the future, and was there in case of emergency.
It is possible that he gets more of a chance with the Astros. Although they are starting to get healthy once again, Wilson could emerge as a bat first utility man for them, provided that he gets ample time to prove himself. That chance just was not going to be there in Oakland.
Jacob Wilson is getting another chance. Even though he was cut loose by the Oakland A’s, he has found a home with the Houston Astros.