Red Sox’ Izzy Wilson earns Eastern League Player of the Week honors for second time this season

For the second time this season, Izzy Wilson has been named Eastern League Player of the Week. He first earned the honors for the week of July 4-10 and did so again for the week of September 5-11, Minor League Baseball announced on Monday.

In Double-A Portland’s last series against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies at Hadlock Field, Wilson went 9-for-16 (.563) with four doubles, two home runs, six RBIs, six runs scored, two walks, and two strikeouts over five games.

On the 2022 season as a whole, the left-handed hitting outfielder is batting .207/.304/.400 with 14 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs, 41 runs driven in, 46 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, 39 walks, and 91 strikeouts across 91 games (334 plate appearances) with the Sea Dogs.

While those numbers may not seem all that impressive, Wilson has been a much better hitter as of late. In his last 45 games dating back to July 4, for instance, the 24-year-old has slashed a stout .293/.371/.592 (157 wRC+) to go along with 10 homers, 33 RBIs, 29 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 169 trips to the plate.

Defensively, Wilson has seen the majority of his playing time with the Sea Dogs come in right field. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has logged a team-high 632 1/3 innings in right as well as 78 innings in center while leading the team in outfield assists with six.

Wilson was once regarded by Baseball America as a top-30 prospect in the Braves farm system after signing with Atlanta as an international free-agent in December 2014. The Sint Maarten native also spent time in the Rays and Angels organizations prior to inking a minor-league deal with the Red Sox back in January.

Considering that he does not turn 25 until next March, it should be interesting to see if Boston attempts to bring Wilson back on another minors pact for the 2023 season. He could potentially provide the club with intriguing outfield depth at Triple-A Worcester.

(Picture of Izzy Wilson: Kelly O’Connor/sittingstill.smugmug.com)

Red Sox’ Izzy Wilson earns Eastern League Player of the Week honors

Portland Sea Dogs outfielder Izzy Wilson has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of July 4-10, Minor League Baseball announced on Monday.

In Double-A Portland’s last series against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies at Mirabito Stadium, Wilson went 9-for-19 (.474) at the plate with two doubles, one triple, one home run, eight RBIs, seven runs scored, two walks, and two strikeouts over the course of games.

Wilson, 24, originally signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox back in January after spending last season with the Angels organization. The 2022 campaign has not been all that kind to the left-handed hitter, who even after last week’s performance is batting just .160/.269/.278 (56 wRC+) with three homers, 16 RBIs, 24 runs scored, and three stolen bases through 51 games (186 plate appearances) for Portland.

Defensively, Wilson has seen the majority of his playing time with the Sea Dogs come in right field. The 6-foot-3, 190 pounder out of Sint Maarten has logged 310 1/3 innings in right while also making nine starts in center field. He has recorded three outfield assists, which currently is tied for the most on the Sea Dogs.

Wilson, who does not turn 25 until next March, becomes the second Sea Dog to earn Eastern League Player of the Week honors this season and joins the likes of Pedro Castellanos by doing so. He is eligible to become a minor-league free-agent again at the end of the year. In the meantime, he is presumably aiming to join Castellanos in Triple-A Worcester before the 2022 season comes to a close.

(Picture of Izzy Wilson: Kelly O’Connor/sittingstill.smugmug.com)

Red Sox sign outfielder Izzy Wilson to minor-league deal for 2022 season

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)