Signed as a minor league free agent earlier in 2023, Weston Wilson has hit the ground running as a member of the Phillies organization. After being drafted in the 17th round by the Milwaukee Brewers back in the 2016 MLB Draft, Wilson saw a gradual rise through the ranks in the Brewers system up to the conclusion of last season.
Always a power threat who has wheels on the bases and a strong glove, Wilson looked decent-but-not-great for the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate last year. Now, he is a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and is their top contributor.
In 81 games so far this year, Wilson has been quite the discovery for the Phillies. As a matter of fact, he is the only player in IronPigs history to record 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season. On the season, he is right at 20 for both and has 58 runs scored and just as many driven in. His .260 batting average is way up from last year (.228) and he has seen his OPS go from .655 to .895 in just a years time.
Defensive versatility is the name of the game for Wilson, who has been functioning primarily as a shortstop this year for the first time in his professional career. The 28-year-old has made just four errors in 436+ innings at the position and has drawn rave reviews for settling in nicely to a new(ish) position for him. Aside from short, he has spent considerable time at the other three infield spots as well as the outfield corners.
Wilson will not be found on any of the organization's top prospects list, but that's exactly why he falls in the "under-the-radar" category. The guy can straight up mash the baseball and could potentially see some big league time still this year if he keeps up the production in Triple-A.