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June 9, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Sox select Alex Wilson in the Second Round

With their second-round pick, 77th overall, the Red Sox have selected Alex Wilson, a right-handed pitcher out of Texas A&M. Wilson, who stands 6'1" and weighs 200 pounds, throws an array of above-average pitches, headlined by a fastball usually sitting in the mid-90s with a low-80s slider that also projects to be a plus pitch. He also throws a developing changeup. The 22-year-old was an All-American at Winthrop and a likely top-10 pick in 2008 before suffering a torn elbow ligament the summer after his sophomore season that required Tommy John surgery. Wilson was selected by the Cubs in 10th round of the 2008 amateur draft despite the injury, but did not sign after being offered a six-figure signing bonus after pitching in the Cape Cod League. He then transferred to Texas A&M to finish his collegiate career, where in his one season for the Aggies, he began the year as a starter before moving to the bullpen. In 89.2 innings, Wilson was 5-5 with a 4.22 ERA, striking out 120 batters and walking just 25.