Marlins Non Roster Invitee: Kenny Wilson


The Marlins are looking for a big run to the playoffs in 2015, and their outfield will be a big part of it. Ranked as the number one outfield in 2014, the Marlins currently are in position to fill an outfield bench role. With only Yelich, Ozuna, and Stanton on the roster, the Marlins are in search of a player to backup these youngsters, with wants of a man who can help Ozuna in center.

Miami currently has two non-roster invites to spring training that are outfielders, Cole Gillespie and Kenny Wilson. Kenny Wilson is an interesting name in this two-man list. Wilson is a former second-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008. He went through three organizations in 2014 including five Double-A and Triple-A teams. He hit a combined .246 with 18 doubles, seven triples, two homers, and 34 runs batted in, in 117 games.

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Wilson has yet to make his major league debut, turning 25 in late January. The 5’11” right-handed-hitting outfielder was born and went to high school in Tampa, FL. Another home grown talent that the Marlins have brought in and will give a chance to make the roster in spring training this coming March. The Marlins have had a good history of developing players from Toronto’s system as the big blockbuster trade with the Jays in 2012 has proven to bring back great young players for the Marlins organization. With Players like Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, and Justin Nicolino, the Marlins hope Wilson can be a key player in helping them achieve their goals this upcoming season.

Wilson has a career .232 averages in the minor leagues with 92 doubles, 26 triples and 14 homers, in 607 games. He provides speed and base running ability which is something the Marlins lacked much of this past season. Wilson is also a man that can be moved around in the lineup. Although Wilson has had better success hitting in the bottom of the order, he has been categorized as a gut who can hit leadoff and in the two hole. Miami has had tendencies to liking these type of players, meaning Wilson can get a nice long look by the team next spring.