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Justin Wilson | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Pirates traded LHP Justin Wilson to the Yankees for C Francisco Cervelli.
Wilson was terrific in 2013 but took a step back this past season, posting a 4.20 ERA in 60 innings of work. Tony Watson's presence as a left-handed specialist made him expendable. In New York, Watson will fill a middle relief role. Nov 12 - 9:01 PM

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According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Pirates are willing to listen to offers for Justin Wilson.

The Bucs like Wilson -- a dominant hard-throwing left-handed reliever -- but the trade interest in him this winter has been "overwhelming" according to Morosi and if the price is right Pittsburgh might sell. Wilson, 26, owns a 2.07 ERA in 78 1/3 major league innings. The Pirates would likely want MLB-ready talent in return.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Justin Wilson struck out one in a perfect inning of relief Saturday against the Dodgers.

It was a much-needed easy outing for Wilson, who had allowed five runs over his last two relief appearances. The rookie left-hander is 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 36/14 K/BB rate over 38 1/3 innings.
Sun, Jun 16, 2013 03:42:00 AM

Justin Wilson pitched three scoreless innings and struck out five Saturday in relief against the Twins.

The Pirates expressed their intention to use Wilson as a starter this spring back in December, only to retreat from the statement later. Maybe they're thinking about it again now after having him throw three innings today; he had thrown a total of seven innings in his previous five appearances this spring. Still, the smart money says that he'll be in the pen.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 04:41:00 PM

The Pirates will use Justin Wilson as a starter in spring training.

Wilson made eight appearances as a reliever with the Pirates this past season, but he's mostly been a starter in the minors, posting a 3.83 ERA with 460 strikeouts over 518 2/3 innings. As it stands right now, the Pirates have two openings in their rotation. Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson are the likely favorites to fill those spots, but they'll compete with Wilson, Zach Stewart, Vin Mazzaro and Andrew Oliver.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 08:57:00 AM

Pirates recalled LHP Justin Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Wilson already made his major league debut this season and will continue to serve as bullpen depth. The Pirates are hoping to use him as a left-handed specialist.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 01:39:00 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Justin Wilson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The move was made on Tuesday. Wilson tossed a scoreless inning Monday in his major league debut and figures to return when rosters expand in September.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 08:47:00 AM

Pirates recalled LHP Justin Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Wilson earns his first call-up to the big leagues after posting a 3.84 ERA and 130 strikeouts over 131 1/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level. The 25-year-old southpaw has trouble throwing strikes at times (4.5 BB/9 over four minor league seasons), so there's some question about his future role. He'll pitch in the bullpen for now, though.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 05:41:00 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of LHP Justin Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Wilson, 24, posted a 4.13 ERA and 94/67 K/BB ratio over 124 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Indianapolis. The southpaw was moved to the bullpen toward the end of the year, which could help him get to the big leagues faster.
Sat, Nov 19, 2011 01:18:00 AM

Justin Wilson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball, as of Triple-A Indianapolis defeated Durham 9-6.

The Pirates' 2008 fifth-round pick has steadily improved at each minor league level., and now owns a 2.36 ERA in seven Triple-A starts. The big league club has one of its best pitching staffs in years, with four out of five starters enjoying ERAs under 3.62. Their continued success could be the biggest factor in keeping Wilson from a mid-season call-up.
Source: MILB.com
Fri, May 13, 2011 02:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Robert Refsnyder
2Nick Noonan
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Jose Pirela
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
3Eury Perez
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Tyler Austin
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Chris Capuano
6CC Sabathia
7Ivan Nova
8Domingo German
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3Shawn Kelley
4Justin Wilson
5Adam Warren
6Esmil Rogers
7Gonzalez Germen
8Rich Hill
9Bryan Mitchell
10Chase Whitley
11Jose De Paula
12Branden Pinder
13Daniel Burawa