Weston Wilson, OF
Weston Wilson, the 29-year-old minor league veteran, was the breakout player for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in 2023. For the season, Wilson slashed .259/.335/.775 with 31 home runs and 32 stolen bases, joining the 30/30 club. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll see the right-hander performed exceptionally well against left-handed pitchers, hitting .322/.398/.989.
Again, a major need for the Phillies lineup is some pop and consistency from the right side of the plate. Wilson is an above-average defender and has the ability to play all over the diamond, making him even that much more valuable to the major league team. He has shown he can be a top contributor on a winning team when given consistent at-bats.
However, in seven seasons in professional baseball, he has only played in eight games at the MLB level. In those eight games, he has hit for an average of .313 with six walks and five strikeouts. Giving him a chance to prove he is a major league talent can end up being a big time win for a team like the Phillies, who are trying to find low-cost contributors.
Don’t be surprised to see him up in the bigs quickly if Jake Cave continues to struggle against major league pitching in 2024.