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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie Baysox ace Tyler Wilson has earned his slot in the pitching rotation.
Published on: Monday, July 29, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Bowie Baysox ace Tyler Wilson has become a consistent hurler in the team’s starting pitcher rotation.
Black & Decker Most Valuable Player and Baysox starting pitcher Mike Wright has been making headlines, but the 24-year-old hurler brings skills and youthful experience to the plate.
“Wilson goes out and keeps us in games,” Baysox Manager Gary Kendall said. “Tyler is not a very overpowering pitcher, but he changes speeds effectively.”
Despite having a fastball that only reaches mile-per-hour speeds in mid-80s, Wilson showcases command on the mound and ability to hit any spot he wants. That accuracy of pitch helped him win his first three starts, amassing 15 strikeouts during a four-game span. Wilson’s record is 5-1 with an ERA of 2.29. He has pitched more than 51 innings with 37 strikeouts.
“He is effective around the zone, and he is just a competitor,” Kendall said. “He has given us really good stuff and really good outings. So, if he continues to do that, we will be in pretty good shape.”
Wilson’s strongest performance this season was July 19 against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He threw seven innings with seven strikeouts, and he only allowed one hit — even after waiting through an hour rain delay to finish his start.
“I think, early in the games, I pitch into deep counts. I need to do a better job of fixing that,” the pitcher said.
Wilson praised his coaches and teammates for contributing to his early success.
“These coaches do a great job, but definitely the catchers as well,” he said. “They do a great job of managing the running game and also giving me a good target. Every time out I’m learning from these guys, and it’s easy to work with them.”
A standout at the University of Virginia, Wilson was selected by the Baltimore Orioles as a 10th round pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft.
While he was at Virginia, Wilson was a 2011 second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. He ranks fifth in the ACC all-time in strikeouts and fifth in school history with 111 strikeouts. The collegiate standout also ranks third in school history for career wins (25) and fourth in appearances (88). He struck out 254 batters during his collegiate career.