Wilson was an extra-raw prospect as an amateur, so Arizona knew he would be on a longer development path when they selected him with the 69th overall pick in 2014. It has been just that, as Wilson just cracked Double-A this season. The athletic outfielder struggled to a .235/.309/.369 line in the hitter-friendly California League in 2018, carrying a strikeout rate close to 30-percent. Boston acquired him in a trade with Arizona after having DFA’d former top catching prospect Blake Swihart.
Wilson looks the part of a big league outfielder, his quick-twitch 6-foot-3 frame projecting to grow into more strength while maintaining plus speed. He covers good ground in CF and grades as an above-average defensive outfielder. There’s interesting power projection too, as Wilson shows pull loft that hints more game power could be on the come with strength gains. He profiles as a toolsy role player, with the chance to be more than that if his hit tool can ever get close to average.