St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Jacob Wilson Having Great Arizona Fall League


Jacob Wilson, the St. Louis Cardinals No. 19 overall prospect, took his epic fall performance with the Peoria Javelinas to another level Friday with a walk-off single to propel his team to their ninth victory in 12 games with a 5-4 victory over the Salt River Rafters.

Wilson, an infielder, was brought in as a pinch hitter to face Tyson Perez.

According to Teddy Cahill of

"Wilson, the Cardinals’ No. 19 prospect, said his strategy as a pinch hitter is to not try to do too much and be aggressive early in the at bat so he doesn’t fall behind in the count.“I was looking for something early in the count to drive,” Wilson said. “He started me off with a fastball down in the zone for a ball and then he came back with another fastball over the outer half of the plate and I was able to stay on it and drive it the other way.”"

Wilson, the Cards 10th round selection from the University of Memphis in the 2012 draft, has been pretty great at driving the ball this fall. In 21 games, he has a .320 average. He has 24 hits including seven doubles and a triple. He has 10 runs and 12 RBI. He has seven walks and one strikeout. He has has a .386 OBP, a .440 slugging percentage, and an .826 OPS. Wilson is definitely helping his case to be promoted when Spring Training comes along.

The Javelinas have a 13-13 overall record in the AFL West. Peoria is keeping up with Surprise in the West Division. The Javelinas remain a half-game out of first place with five games to play in the fall.

Per Cahill:

"Wilson said the Javelinas have to remain relaxed as the season enters its home stretch.“Coming out here is a chance to showcase your skills in front of a lot of people,” Wilson said. “Now we want to push as a team for the championship game. Morale is high in the clubhouse and everyone is having a good time.”"

Here’s hoping the Javelinas are loose going into their final games of the season and Wilson and other St. Louis Cardinals prospects bring home a championship.

After battling injuries during his time this season with the Springfield Cardinals, it will be exciting to see if Wilson can capitalize on his AFL season and catapult himself to a position with at least his hometown team, the Memphis Redbirds.

It will definitely be exciting to see what he can do!