Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Born on this date in 1977 was Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson, who played for the team from 2001 until 2009. Wilson was originally draft by the Cardinals in 1998. The Pirates acquired him on July 29, 2000 in exchange for pitcher Jason Christiansen. Jack started the 2001 season in the majors as the team’s starting shortstop, skipping over AAA. After hitting .155 through the first month he was sent to AAA where he tore up the league hitting .369 in 27 games, earning a promotion. He would hit just .223 with 25 RBI’s that rookie season in 108 games, but he led the NL in sacrifice hits and he showed solid defense. The 2002 season he established himself as a solid everyday player who now provided above average defense. He raised his batting average to .256, took more walks, scored 77 runs and again led the league in sacrifice hits. Wilson had 783 total chances at SS in 2005 From 2002 to 2007 Jack played an average of 149 games a year. His best season came in 2004 when he played 1...
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