College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 34 on our Top 100 Countdown is Stanford’s Austin Wilson. The 6’5 outfielder from Los Angeles, California was selected in the twelfth round of the 2010 MLB first-year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
During his freshman season, Wilson appeared in 55 games for the Cardinal, including 51 starts. He batted .311 on the year with 25 runs and 30 RBI. His success earned him honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. In the summer of 2011, Wilson played for the Cape Cod League-champion Harwich Mariners.
In his sophomore season, Wilson started 59 games for Stanford in right field. He posted a batting average of .285 along with a slugging percentage of .492, 56 runs and ten home runs. Wilson was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 during the 2012 season. He also spent the summer following his sophomore season playing in the Cape where he was selected to the Cape Cod League All-Star Game as he hit .313 on the summer with six home runs and 20 RBI.
From a scouting perspective, Wilson shows maturity at the plate that goes beyond putting up solid numbers. In particular, the discipline that he demonstrates allows him to consistently get on base. In addition to his offensive abilities, Wilson is extremely athletic and his athleticism aids in his defensive success in the outfield. As Wilson comes off of a very strong summer in the Cape, he is one of the top players to watch for in 2013.