Miami Marlins History: All-Time Top 20 OPS (an in-depth look, 20-11)
18) Preston Wilson (.806)
Preston Wilson was the first round selection of the New York Mets in 1992. In 1998, he was six-for-20 in eight appearances for them. Just into that season, on May 22nd, the Mets packaged him with Geoff Goetz and Ed Yarnall and sent him to the Florida Marlins for Mike Piazza.
Yes, Piazza was a Florida Marlin.
In his first full season with the Marlins, in 1999, Wilson played well enough to finish second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He hit .280/.350/.502 with 26 home runs and 71 RBI, and also stole 11 bases.
In 2000, Wilson joined the 30/30 club for the Marlins, hitting 31 home runs and stealing 36 bases.
Wilson spent the better part of five seasons with the Marlins. He totaled 104 home runs, ranking 10th on the all-time Florida / Miami Marlins leaderboard. His 329 RBI ranks him 12th, and he’s ninth in club history with 87 stolen bases. He slashed .262/.333/.473 in 588 games for the Marlins.
Wilson was unlucky as part of the Marlins franchise in that he joined just after they won their first World Series Championship and left just before they started the 2003 season. He would go on to join the Colorado Rockies when the Marlins traded him with Vic Darensbourg, Charles Johnson, and Pablo Ozuna for Mike Hampton, Juan Pierre, and an undisclosed cash settlement.
Wilson earned his only all-star selection in his first season with Colorado.