Former @MemphisBaseball Star Jacob Wilson to Play in Arizona Fall League
Aug 27, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The St. Louis Cardinals announced their selections to Major League Baseball's Arizona Fall League on Tuesday and former University of Memphis standout Jacob Wilson was selected to represent the club.
"This speaks volumes to the work that Jacob has put in through his short time in professional baseball," head coach Daron Schoenrock said. "The hard work he put in as a Memphis Tiger has shown and it prepared him for this opportunity."
The Arizona Fall League is widely considered the step before entry in the major leagues for many players. Each August, each MLB team selects prospects to be sent to the AFL. Each of the six AFL teams are assigned 30 players and they are organized into two divisions.
This year, the St. Louis Cardinals are paired with prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies to form the Salt River Rafters team. Games will be played between October 8th and November 14th with the championship Game to be held on November 16th.
Wilson, selected by the Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, has played for the Peoria Chiefs (Low-A) and Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) this season. Named a Midwest League All-Star, Wilson hit .264 with 15 HR and 72 RBI in 97 games with Peoria. Since being called up to Palm Beach, Wilson has hit .207 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 25 games.
The 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year, Wilson hit .320 with 17 home runs and had 142 total bases in his senior campaign. The Arlington, Tenn., native posted 17 doubles in his final season to tie for the program record with 64 doubles.