The Red Sox have signed free-agent outfielder Izzy Wilson to a minor-league contract for the 2022 season, according to Baseball America’s transaction log. It does not appear as though the deal includes an invite to major-league spring training.
Wilson, who turns 24 in March, spent the 2021 season in the Angels organization after splitting the first six years of his professional career between the Braves and Rays.
Formerly an infielder as an amateur, Wilson originally signed with Atlanta as an international free agent out of Saint Martin in 2014 and immediately moved the outfield.
Once a top prospect in the Braves’ farm system, Wilson was cut loose by Atlanta in June 2019. He signed a minor-league deal with the Rays shortly thereafter and closed out the year with Tampa Bay’s Class-A affiliate, so there might be a connection to Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom there.
After the 2020 minor-league season was wiped out on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilson became a free agent once more that November before signing a minors pact with the Halos for the 2021 campaign.
In 83 games with the Angels’ Double-A affiliate (the Rocket City Trash Pandas) last year, the left-handed hitter batted .247/.328/.486 (124 wRC+) to go along with eight doubles, 21 home runs, 53 RBIs, 51 runs scored, 25 stolen bases, 36 walks, and 102 strikeouts over 335 trips to the plate.
Defensively, Wilson has experience at all three outfield positions. In 2021 alone, the speedy 23-year-old logged a total of 58 innings in left field and 612 1/3 innings in right field. He last played center field in 2019.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Wilson becomes the third minor-league outfielder Boston has added since the off-season began in November. The Sox signed Rob Refsnyder and Christin Stewart in the late stages of the fall, then inked Johan Mieses earlier this month.
(Picture of Izzy Wilson courtesy of Rocket City Trash Pandas)