Alex Wilson (baseball)

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Alex Wilson
Detroit Tigers – No. 30
Born: (1986-11-03) November 3, 1986 (age 28)
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 2013 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through May 31, 2015)
Win–loss record 3–2
Earned run average 2.84
Strikeouts 57
WHIP 1.08

William Alexander "Alex" Wilson (born November 3, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Boston Red Sox.


Wilson attended Hurricane High School in Hurricane, West Virginia.[1] Wilson attended Winthrop University. In the summer of 2007, he had Tommy John surgery.[2] He transferred to Texas A&M University in January 2008.[2] He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th Round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2nd Round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. In November 2012, Wilson was added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.[3]

On March 16, 2013, Wilson was optioned to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox to begin the season. He was recalled on April 7 when John Lackey went on the disabled list, and made his Major League debut on April 11. He was optioned to Pawtucket on May 29, and recalled on June 13 when Alfredo Aceves was optioned to Pawtucket.

On December 11, 2014, the Red Sox traded Wilson along with Gabe Speier and Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello.[4]

On May 27, 2015, Alex Wilson got his first career major league start for Detroit Tigers against the Oakland Athletics, where he went 3 scoreless inning with 52 pitches. Detroit went on to win 3–2.

Pitch selection[edit]

Wilson throws three primary pitches. He has a four-seam fastball that averages 92 mph (tops out at 95 mph), a two-seam fastball also at 92 mph (tops out at 94 mph), and a slider in the 84-86 mph range (tops out at 89 mph). Wilson himself has described his two-seam fastball as a cutter, though PitchFX lists it as a two-seamer. He also throws an occasional curveball and changeup.[5]


Wilson played high school baseball at Hurricane High School where he won a state championship in 2002.

Wilson is the second Saudi-born player in MLB history, after Craig Stansberry.[1]


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  2. ^ a b "Wilson Joins Aggie Baseball Program". January 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Red Sox add six players to 40-man roster". November 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "In separate deals, Tigers land Cespedes, Simon". December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Alex Wilson PitchFX at". Retrieved June 2, 2015. 

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