Days after graduation, Wilson hits home run
Mariners' No. 12 prospect goes 2-for-3 in Class A Clinton's victory
Austin Wilson, the Mariners' No. 12 prospect, had a little different All-Star break than his teammates with Class A Clinton. Instead of using the break earlier this week as just a chance to rest up before the second half of the season, Wilson returned to Stanford to attend his graduation.
Wilson played three years at Stanford before the Mariners selected him in the second round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Even though he signed and began his professional career, he still managed to complete his degree in four years.
After donning his cap and gown on Sunday, Wilson was back in the LumberKings' lineup Friday for a doubleheader. He helped Clinton split the twin bill at Beloit, homering during a 7-1 victory in Game 1. He went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a walk in the win.
Right-hander Lars Huijer, the Mariners' No. 20 prospect, held Beloit to one run in seven innings to earn the victory. He struck out four, walked three and gave up three hits. He improved to 3-5 with a 4.39 ERA this season.
After going hitless in the nightcap, Wilson is hitting .302/.385/.538 in 62 games.