Jack Wilson Essentials

Positions:
Bats: R Throws: R
72 Weight: 200
Born: Thursday, December 29, 1977 in Westlake Village, CA USA
Died: in ,
Debut: 4/3/2001
Last Game: 7/13/2012
Full Name: Jack Eugene Wilson

Jack Wilson, shortstop for the 2001-2009 Pirates. Wilson was originally draft by the Cardinals in 1998. The Pirates acquired him on July 29, 2000 in exchange for pitcher Jason Christiansen. He started the 2001 season in the majors as the team’s starting shortstop, skipping over Triple-A. After hitting .155 through the first month he was sent to the minors where he tore up the league hitting .369 in 27 games, earning a promotion. He would hit just .223 with 25 RBIs that rookie season in 108 games. During the 2002 season he established himself as a solid everyday player who now provided above average defense. He raised his batting average to .256, took more walks, scored 77 runs and again led the league in sacrifice hits.

From 2002 to 2007 Jack played an average of 149 games a year. His best season came in 2004 when he played 157 games, recorded 201 hits, 41 doubles, a league leading 12 triples, 11 homers and a career high 82 runs scored. He hit .308 that year, earned his only All-Star appearance and won the Silver Slugger award. Wilson had a strong season in 2007 when he hit a career high 12 homers and posted a .791 OPS, but he missed the beginning of the 2008 season with a calf strain and ended up playing just 87 games that year. In 2009 Wilson was traded to the Seattle Mariners on July 29th, exactly nine years to the day the Pirates acquired him. In his nine seasons in Pittsburgh he played 1,159 games, hit .269 with 508 runs scored. He led NL shortstops in assists in both 2004-05 and putouts in 2004. He turned 255 double plays between the 2004-05 seasons.