Justin Wilson, Relief Pitcher, Chicago Cubs
Date of Birth: 8/18/1987
Birthplace: Anaheim, California
College: California State University, Fresno
Justin Wilson, relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, was first drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 but he opted instead to attend California State University. Three years later, he was drafted by and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched as a starting pitcher in the Pirates' minor league system from 2009 through most of 2012, pitching just 4.2 innings in 8 games with the Pirates in 2012.
In 2013, his first year in the major leagues, Wilson pitched in 58 games with the Pirates. He finished the season with a 2.08 ERA, 6 wins and 1 loss, and 59 strikeouts to 28 walks in a career high 73.2 innings. The following season, he had a 4.20 ERA in 70 games.
The Pirates traded Wilson to the New York Yankees on November 12, 2014. He had career highs in games played (74) and strikeouts (66 to 20 walks) in 2015. He finished with a 3.10 ERA in 61.0 innings.
Wilson was traded to the Detroit Tigers on December 9, 2015. In 66 games with the Tigers in 2016, he had 4 wins and 5 losses, 65 strikeouts to 17 walks, and a 4.14 ERA in 58.2 innings.
The Tigers traded Wilson to the Cubs on July 31, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Wilson through 2016 include:
- 276 games played
- 258.0 innings pitched
- 18-10 win-loss record
- 258 strikeouts to 98 walks
- 3.28 ERA