Each Wednesday timberrattlers.com will countdown the top 20 seasons by a Timber Rattler until #1 is revealed on August 29th. This week: #13
Mike Wilson 2005
.266 batting average, 93 runs, 123 hits, 29 doubles, 3 triples, 19 home runs, 84 rbi's, 10 stolen bases
Mike Wilson passed up a football scholarship to Oklahoma to sign with the Mariners as 2nd round pick in the 2001 draft. But Wilson struggled to adapt to professional baseball, spending two full seasons in the Arizona League, followed by a season in Everett.
Wilson got off to a rough start with the Timber Rattlers in 2005 as well. He struggled to hit off speed pitches and didn't show much plate discipline. Then the light bulb started to go on. An eight game hitting streak in late May in which he hit .387 (12 x 31) showed the potential that Wilson had. He hit his stride in July, when he hit .293 (29 x 99) with 12 doubles and 30 RBI. After hitting a total of 16 homers the previous three seasons, Wilson connected on 19 with Wisconsin, the third most in team history. His 90 runs scored is also the third best franchise mark and he is one of only seven Rattlers to knock in more than 80 runs. He became far more selective at the plate (and feared) as the season went on, walking 56 times, 11th most in team history. One of his most remembered moments as a Rattler will be his run-in with the scoreboard in the right field corner. Mike Wilson 1, Scoreboard 0.
Wilson parlayed his success in Wisconsin to a hot start at Inland Empire in 2006, hitting .315 with 9 homers in his first 52 games. That earned him a promotion to Double A San Antonio, where he found the going a little tougher, hitting just .245. He did hit 12 more home runs though, giving him a total of 21 for the season. The change of Double A affiliates has not helped Wilson. He went 2 for his first 40 (with 21 strikeouts) before heading on to the disabled list.
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