Bobby Wilson (baseball)

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Bobby Wilson
Bobby Wilson on July 24, 2011.jpg
Minnesota Twins – No. 46
Born: (1983-04-08) April 8, 1983 (age 35)
Dunedin, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 2008, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
(through May 19, 2018)
Batting average .213
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 91

Robert Louis Wilson (born April 8, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers.

Amateur career[edit]

Originally from Dunedin, Florida, Wilson attended Seminole High School. At Seminole High, Wilson was part of a team that won the state and national championship and finished an undefeated 31-0. Wilson then attended St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim[edit]

Wilson began the 2008 season for the Salt Lake Bees, the Angels' Triple-A affiliate. He began the season hitting .339 in 16 games with no home runs and 12 RBI. On April 28, 2008, Wilson was recalled by the major league club and made his major league debut on that same day against the Oakland Athletics. He came in as a defensive replacement for Mike Napoli and in his first at-bat, hit a single off Dallas Braden.

On April 23, 2010, while playing catcher for the Angels against the New York Yankees, Wilson was involved in a head-on collision with Mark Teixeira, who was attempting to slide into home. Wilson was knocked away, injuring his head and ankle. Mike Napoli then came in and caught the remainder of the game.

On July 27, 2011, Wilson caught Ervin Santana's no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians, nearly two years after catching Sean O'Sullivan's no-hitter with Triple-A Salt Lake Bees on July 28, 2009.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On October 22, 2012, Wilson was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Pitcher Chad Beck was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Wilson.[1] On November 30, the Blue Jays announced that they were not offering Wilson a contract for 2013, and he became a free agent.[2]

New York Yankees[edit]

On December 13, 2012, the Yankees signed Wilson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.[3]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Wilson signed a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training with the Arizona Diamondbacks in October 2013.[4] He declined a minor league assignment on October 12, becoming a free agent.[5]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On December 12, 2014, he signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.[6]

On April 5, 2015, the Rays selected his contract from their Triple-A affiliate, the Durham Bulls. On June 14, the Rays sent him outright to Triple-A. He was called back up on July 29.

Texas Rangers[edit]

On July 31, 2015, Wilson was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. In his debut with the Rangers, Wilson went 2-4 with 2 RBI against the San Francisco Giants.

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On March 29, 2016, the Texas Rangers traded Wilson and Myles Jaye to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Bryan Holaday.[7] Wilson was called up from the Toledo Mud Hens on April 12, 2016, when James McCann was placed on the disabled list.

Return to Texas[edit]

Wilson's second stint with the Texas Rangers in 2016

On May 3, 2016, the Tigers traded Wilson back to Texas in exchange for pitcher Chad Bell.[8] Wilson was effective in his return, hitting .250 with two grand slams. Wilson was designated for assignment after the Texas Rangers acquired all star catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Return to Tampa[edit]

On August 4, 2016, the Tampa Bay Rays claimed Wilson off waivers from the Texas Rangers and added him to the 40-man roster.[9] He was activated on the 25-man roster on August 5. Wilson finished his 2016 with a .230 batting average. On November 14, Wilson elected free agency after clearing outright waivers.[10]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Wilson signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a minor league free agent in advance of the 2017 season. He was assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers to begin the season.[11] In 75 games, he hit .243 with 11 homers and 45 RBI.[12]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On November 30, 2017, Wilson signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.[13] Wilson became the backup catcher to Mitch Garver after Jason Castro was ruled out for the rest of the 2018 season after suffering a torn meniscus injury.


  1. ^ "Blue Jays claim C Wilson off waivers from Angels". October 22, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jays non-tender catcher Wilson". December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bombers Add Bobby Wilson as Catcher Depth for 2013". December 13, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
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  5. ^ Creech, Edward (October 12, 2014). "Minor Moves: Reimold, Wilson, Cedeno, Bianchi, Pagnozzi". Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rays sign 3 to minor league deals, complete trade". Associated Press. December 12, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ Beck, Jason (March 29, 2016). "Tigers land catcher Wilson, righty for Holaday". Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ Beck, Jason (May 3, 2016). "Tigers activate McCann off DL, trade B. Wilson". Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ Adams, Steve (August 4, 2016). "Rays Claim Bobby Wilson, Option Curt Casali". Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ Adams, Steve (November 14, 2016). "Bobby Wilson Clears Waivers, Elects Free Agency". Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ Oklahoma City Dodgers (April 5, 2017). "OKC Dodgers Release 2017 Opening Day Roster". Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  12. ^ "2017 Oklahoma City Dodgers Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 30, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/30/17". Retrieved November 30, 2017. 

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