Alex Wilson
Alex Wilson
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Wilson asked for and was granted the chance to convert back to a starter last spring. The experiment was short-lived as the Tigers quickly returned him to the setup role he's occupied his entire major-league career. Despite a pedestrian 17.6 K%, Wilson posted double-digit holds for the third straight season, logging 14. He may have challenged his career-best mark of 17, but he lost a month in the first half with a left plantar fascia strain. Holding no trade value in a market dense with more dominant relievers, Detroit released Wilson after the 2018 campaign. The veteran right-hander should be able to find work, though his lack of strikeouts puts him on the outside looking in with respect to a fantasy roster. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Cubs in August of 2019.
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PChicago Cubs  AAA
August 5, 2019
Wilson agreed to a contract with the Cubs on Monday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Wilson will stick in the NL Central, joining Chicago after being let go by the Brewers over the weekend. The veteran right-hander struggled during his time in Milwaukee, allowing 12 runs in 11.1 innings while recording a 15.8 percent walk rate, though he compiled a 3.36 ERA in 61.2 innings for Detroit last season. The terms of the contract are not yet known.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Alex Wilson generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Alex Wilson generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .269 238 44 18 58 6 2 10
Since 2017vs Right .250 324 54 21 74 15 2 8
2019vs Left .357 19 3 5 5 1 0 1
2019vs Right .294 38 10 4 10 2 0 2
2018vs Left .269 100 22 5 25 5 0 6
2018vs Right .191 145 21 10 25 2 1 2
2017vs Left .257 119 19 8 28 0 2 3
2017vs Right .298 141 23 7 39 11 1 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-35%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-73%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-62%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.40 1.26 61.2 1 3 2 6.0 2.5 0.9
Since 2017Away 3.53 1.30 71.1 4 7 1 7.2 2.8 1.5
2019Home 18.00 2.50 4.0 0 0 0 15.8 6.8 2.3
2019Away 4.91 1.91 7.1 1 1 1 7.4 7.4 2.5
2018Home 5.02 1.12 28.2 0 1 0 5.7 1.9 1.3
2018Away 1.91 1.00 33.0 2 3 0 6.8 2.5 1.1
2017Home 4.03 1.24 29.0 1 2 2 5.0 2.5 0.3
2017Away 4.94 1.48 31.0 1 3 0 7.5 2.0 1.7
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Stat Review
How does Alex Wilson compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.44
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
7.1
 
HR/9
2.4
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
9.53
 
WHIP
2.12
 
BABIP
.388
 
GB/FB
1.56
 
Left On Base
60.6%
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.6%
 
Spin Rate
2318 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
42.9%
 
Swinging Strike
9.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Low-strikeout relievers are typically undesirable assets in the fantasy game and Wilson is no exception. Wilson averaged just 6.3 K/9 in 66 appearances with the Tigers last season before suffering a non-displaced right fibula fracture as a result of being hit by a comebacker in September. The ratios left something to be desired too, but with a lack of quality alternatives in the Tigers' bullpen, Wilson was relied upon at the back end (17 holds, two saves). To his credit, Wilson lowered his walk rate after experiencing an uptick in 2016, trimming his walk percentage from 7.1 percent to 5.8, and he improved his numbers against lefties (.284 wOBA). Further, the Detroit bullpen remains bereft of talent, so Wilson should continue on in a setup role. However, the skills are simply not worthy of rostering out of the gates.
Wilson followed up stellar 2014 and 2015 seasons with a solid 2016, putting up a 2.96 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 73 innings and notching 14 holds in the process. He's still a low-strikeout option, however, with a 6.0 K/9. Wilson's heavy use of his cutter gave him meaningful reverse splits, holding lefties to a .235 average compared to a .256 against righties. Versatility is part of the reason Wilson has been used so heavily by the Tigers the past two seasons, as he's thrown 143 innings between 2015 and 2016. The Tigers picked up veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez's contract for another year, although Wilson probably didn't have a good shot at closing regardless . A righty whose fastball sits in the low 90s and doesn't strike out many hitters, Wilson doesn't fit the bill of a prototypical closer anyway. He could have value as a low-ERA reliever in leagues that reward holds, but only in very deep leagues.
Wilson was one of the few bright spots for the Tigers last season, delivering a 1.03 WHIP and 2.19 ERA in 70.0 innings in a bullpen that swirled the bowl most of the year. He was the de facto closer in D-Town heading into the offseason, but he's not typical closer material -- he struck out just 38 last season and is a groundball machine. In November, Tigers' general manager Al Avila acquired Francisco Rodriguez to put a bow on the ninth inning and the Tigers' bullpen just got a whole lot stronger. Now, Wilson becomes a solid eighth-inning option or an elite seventh-inning man. He'll generate holds without Ks, so your format will dictate his value.
Wilson spent the 2014 season bouncing back and forth between Triple-A Pawtucket and Boston until August when he remained with the Red Sox to finish out the season. He pitched mostly in middle relief, and pitched well, recording a 1.91 ERA in 28.1 innings over 18 appearances. He was much better in the majors than at Triple-A, mainly due to limiting the number of walks issued. Wilson was traded to the Tigers as part of the Rick Porcello deal and will compete for a spot in Detroit's bullpen.
Wilson made the transition from starter to full-time reliever in 2012 and pitched solely out of the bullpen in 2013. A thumb injury put him out of commission in July for an extended period of time, but he returned to pitch for Triple-A Pawtucket late in the season. Prior to the injury, Wilson had a couple of stints in Boston, with mixed results. His control suffered in the move to the 'pen and he was unable to increase the velocity of his low-90s fastball in shorter stints. Still, he has a mound presence and can develop into a valuable middle reliever at the major league level. His lot in baseball life will be as a reliever. With options left, Wilson's expected to work in relief for Pawtucket when the season opens.
Wilson had a relatively successful 2011 season, his third year removed from Tommy John surgery. Most notably he kept opponents off base, decreasing his walks and hits. He says some grip adjustments allowed him to pitch effectively deeper into the season, though he he really needs to improve his changeup. He relies a lot on his fastball/slider repertoire. With the back end of Boston's rotation unsettled and as the club's starting depth exposed as a weakness last year, Wilson may get a call up at some point. There's still some sense that he ends up as a reliever, but he'll work as a starter at Triple-A Pawtucket and see if the improvements he made on his secondary stuff will continue.
Wilson had his first full-season of minor-league ball in 2010, starting with High-A Salem and moving onto Double-A Portland. He was effective at the lower level, but hitters in Double-A proved to be more selective and capable of mashing his fastball when it was left up in the zone. The organization will be looking for him to stay on top of the fastball and work on the lower half of the strike zone. He also needs to establish better separation between his changeup and fastball. He'll open the 2011 season in Portland.
Wilson, rebounding from Tommy John surgery in 2008, was kept to strict pitch-count in 2009. As such, the starter didn't pitch deep into games (2-3 innings). The 2010 season will be all about getting comfortable in professional baseball, while developing secondary pitches. He relies heavily on his fastball (92-93 mph), which he commands well and it could hit the mid-90s as he develops as a pitcher. The slider shows good potential, but his changeup needs work. Those secondary pitches are necessary as he faces more advanced competition than he did last season in the New York-Penn League, where he could use his fastball almost exclusively.
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Let go by Brewers
PFree Agent  AAA
August 3, 2019
Wilson was released by the Brewers on Saturday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
May 1, 2019
Wilson was outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio on Wednesday.
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Pitches way off roster
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 29, 2019
Wilson was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Monday.
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Reinstated from paternity list
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 19, 2019
Wilson (personal) was activated from the paternity list ahead of Friday's game against the Dodgers.
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Expected to return Friday
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
Personal
April 18, 2019
Wilson (personal) is expected to return from the paternity list Friday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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