Originally posted on MetsMinor.net  |  Last updated 9/21/13
While Preston Wilson only appeared in eight big league games for the New York Mets, he’s a huge part of franchise history. The former first round pick (9th overall in the 1992 draft) was used as part of the package of prospects that would net the Amazins catcher Mike Piazza in 1998. A native of Bamberg, South Carolina and the stepson of former Met great, Mookie Wilson, Preston was drafted straight out of Bamberg Ehrhardt High School. He was fresh off being named the High School player of the year by Baseball America, and wouldn’t begin his professional career until reporting to Kingsport to start the 1993 season in Rookie Ball. Before even stepping on the field, Baseball America proclaimed Wilson the 93rd best prospect in all of baseball. He would show flashes of what he could do with his ability, but his uber-aggressiveness at the plate led to more strikeouts than anyone would have liked. In 259 at-bats (66 games played) in the Appalachian League, Preston hit .232/.302/.456 with 16...
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