SF Giants add top prospect Will Wilson to expanding player pool

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The SF Giants have added another top prospect to their player pool in Will Wilson.

The SF Giants continue to add young players to their expanding player pool in advance of the start of the 2020 season. And on Thursday, they reportedly added top shortstop prospect Will Wilson.

As reported by Mark W. Sanchez of KNBR, the Giants will add the young infielder to their growing player pool which has now reached a total of 55 players. San Francisco will be allowed 60 in total, but it’s likely they reserve a free spot or two for the time being to allow for transactions.

2019 first-rounder Hunter Bishop will likely be considered for a spot as well once he recovers from his COVID-19 diagnosis. As for the Giants’ 2020 first-rounder, Patrick Bailey, he was reportedly added to the roster yesterday.

Bailey was college teammates with Wilson where the two starred for the NC State baseball team. Originally a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels a year ago, the Giants traded for Wilson this past December in a deal that also included shortstop Zack Cozart.

The Giants later said that they actually considered drafting Wilson with that selection but ended up going with Bishop instead. But with the Angels looking to unload Cozart’s salary, they included the talented Wilson in a deal with the Giants for a player to be named later.

Wilson played his first season of professional ball at the Rookie-level last season slashing .275/.328/.439 while hitting five home runs in 189 at-bats.

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Don’t expect to see Will Wilson receive any at-bats with the SF Giants this season.

At just 21-years-old and with just one year of experience, it’s unlikely Wilson actually sees any major-league action this season. Instead, he’ll join other top prospects such as Bailey, Marco Luciano, and Heliot Ramos as players in the player pool for the sake of development.

Ramos and Joey Bart are likely the only top prospects with a chance of receiving a true call-up this year.

With a few spots remaining on their player pool, it should be interesting to see how the Giants decide who to add. 40-man roster members such as Chris Shaw, Jandel Gustave, and Melvin Adon aren’t currently on the roster, but they could also opt to include other young minor-leaguers instead.

Pitchers Seth Corry and Sean Hjelle are two notable prospects not among those on the player pool. Others include the likes of outfielders Alexander Canario and Luis Matos as well as third baseman Luis Toribio.

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While those spots remain up for grabs, Wilson now occupies the unofficial 55th spot in the player pool.