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Justin Wilson
Birthdate: 8/18/1987 (29 y, 7 m, 7 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-2/233     Position: P
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 2, Overall: 144, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Contract: $2.7M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Wilson allowed a hit, two walks and two earned runs while retiring just a single batter in Tuesday's spring training loss to the Phillies. (3/7/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Wilson may have been on his third team in three years in 2016, but he proved his emergence over the last few seasons was not a fluke. The lefty reliever's first season in Detroit was generally successful, with him seeing a slight uptick in velocity, swinging strike rate, and punchouts. He was a bit more long ball prone and suffered through a higher BABIP (unsupported by the peripherals), but generally looked like the same guy he's been the last few years. While some may brush the southpaw off as nothing more than a situational guy, it's worth noting that he's owned reverse splits over the entirety of his career, performing better against righties than lefties. That aspect of his performance might allow him to be an option to close games at some point, although for now he remains behind K-Rod in Motown's bullpen pecking order. Don't sleep on him late in drafts that count holds, though.(Colin Zarzycki)

The Quick Opinion: Wilson continued to put up above-average peripherals, even though he was victimized by a degree of bad batted ball luck in 2016. The owner of reverse splits, the lefty might be a sneaky option as a closer, but he's unlikely to open the season in that capacity barring a major injury or trade and instead should be viewed as an asset only in holds leagues. 

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