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Alex Wilson
Birthdate: 11/3/1986 (30 y, 4 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-1/205     Position: P
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 28, Overall: 77, Team: Boston Red Sox
Contract: $1.2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Wilson agreed to a one-year, $1.175 million contract with the Tigers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jerry Crasnick of reports. (1/13/2017)
Profiles:  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: If you were to just stare at ERA long enough, Wilson looks like an elite relief pitcher, as he owns a 2.80 mark over four big league seasons in Detroit. The peripherals are less generous, however, as Wilson owns a paltry 16% career strikeout rate thanks to below a average swinging strike rate. He is stingy with the free passes (6% career), but a somewhat suppressed BABIP drives a disconnect between his ERA and FIP (3.55). You might be inclined to say he's a FIP-beater, but he has consistently posted yearly hard-hit percentages near 30% and doesn't have a massive pop up/fly ball split. Also remember that he is at 199 career innings, so he may still be evolving, but it's also close to being a sample we bank on to identify Wilson. None of this is to say that Wilson is not a useful cog in Detroit's bullpen, but without an obvious path to saves and a skillset not conducive to being a shutdown reliever, he seems more likely to be a guy valued more highly in real-life than fantasy.(Colin Zarzycki)

The Quick Opinion: Alex Wilson has been a solid mid-to-late inning reliever for Detroit over the past few years. However, his strikeout rate is below average and defense independent pitching estimators think batted ball luck makes him closer to a league-average reliever than an elite one.

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