by J.T. Toth
Photo of Jacob Wilson courtesy of Grand Canyon Athletics.
The Pittsburgh Pirates own the #1 pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, which is scheduled for July 9th-July 11th in Seattle, WA. This draft could be the final piece of GM Ben Cherington’s puzzle to catapult the Bucs into a yearly contender.
In the next few weeks Draft 412 will showcase the top prospects coming out in 2023.
Name- Jacob Wilson
Team- Grand Canyon University
HT/WT- 6’3” 190 lbs.
Home – Thousand Oaks, CA
Jacob Wilson attended Thousand Oaks High School where he played for his father, Jack Wilson, a former Major League shortstop who spent most of his 12 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After a successful high school career, Wilson played at Grand Canyon University. Wilson, starting his freshman year at third base and finishing the season hitting .313 with 4 home runs.
In his sophomore year, Wilson moved to his most comfortable position, SS. He dazzled in the field and also saw his offensive numbers improve. He ended his sophomore campaign with a .358 batting average to go along with 12 home runs and 65 RBI’s. But even more impressive was that Wilson only struck out 7 times, showing that he did not forfeit contact to add power.
Going into Wilson’s junior season, he was considered a player with first round potential, and in the off-season, added 15 lbs. of muscle. Wilson is off to a great start this year and has stamped himself as a possible top 10 pick. Wilson is hitting .425 with 6 home runs and only 5 strikeouts.
Wilson has a tremendous work ethic, baseball IQ, and a relentless passion for baseball. Ever since Wilson was a kid he was purely focused on one day getting to the Major Leagues and he never takes a day off to help himself with his goals.
Wilson projects as a Major League shortstop but he could also be a valuable second baseman or third basemen, providing positional flexibility to his future team. His arm projects as one of the strongest infield arms in the draft.
Chances are Wilson will not become more than a 15-20 home run type hitter in the Majors, but with his ability to make contact, he projects as a solid #2 type hitter in a MLB lineup.
Though Wilson will not overwhelm you with top of the class ratings, he is a safe pick who should move swiftly through the minors.
This is one of the easier MLB comparisons we can do. His best comparison is his dad, Jack Wilson, with more power. Jack Wilson was an all-star shortstop who always battled during his at-bats.
Jacob Wilson is not your normal first round pick shortstop who projects to hit 30+ home runs and become a star. Wilson will give some team a comfortable first round pick that they can count on in 2 or 3 years being with the big club.
Round 1- Top 10/ #9 on Draft 412’s big board.