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Christopher John Wilson

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C.J. Wilson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 5th round of the 2001 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Tim Fortugno and made his pro debut that summer. Wilson missed the 2004 season after Tommy John surgery the previous August.

After spending his first five seasons in the major leagues as a reliever, Wilson became a starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers in 2010 and was immediately successful in his new role, winning 15 games and pitching over 200 innings with a 3.35 ERA. He continued in the same vein in 2011, going 9-3, 3.20 over the first half. That performance earned him a spot on the All-Star team; in the game, he gave up a three-run homer to Prince Fielder in the 4th inning, after Carlos Beltran and Matt Kemp had opened the inning with consecutive singles. He settled down after that, but the deed had been done, and he was charged with the American League's 5-1 loss. He finished the year with an excellent record of 16-7, 2.94, with 206 strikeouts in 223 1/3 innings. He struggled in the postseason, however, losing a game in all three rounds of the playoffs as the Rangers returned to the World Series, while not winning a single one of 5 starts. In the World Series' loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, his ERA was good at 2.92, but he walked an uncharacteristic 11 men in 12 1/3 innings.

In spite of his postseason struggles, he was one of the most sought-after free agent pitchers in the off-season. He signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on December 8th, the same day as Albert Pujols, agreeing to a 5-year deal worth $77.5 million.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time AL All-Star (2011 & 2012)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (2010, 2011 & 2013)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (2010-2013)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (2011)

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