Mar 20, 2016

Former Mets Generation K Pitcher: Paul Wilson (1996)

Paul Anthony Wilson was born on March 28, 1973 in Orlando, Florida. He was a star pitcher for the Florida State Seminoles and was the New York Mets number one draft pick, the first pick overall in 1994. He was highly touted with his fastball/slider combo.

In 1994 he was 0-7 in the Rookie League & at A ball with the St. Lucie Mets. In 1995 he was promoted to AA going 6-3 at Binghamton & then 5-3 at AAA nrfolk. On the year he combined for a 2.41 ERA & 198 strikeouts.

He along with Jason Isringhausen & Bill Pulsipher were billed as Generation K and the future stars of the Met staff. He made his highly publicized debut on April 3rd 1996, at Shea Stadium. He pitched well allowing three runs in six innings with six strikeouts getting no decision. His next two starts didn’t go that well, he allowed 12 runs in just under six innings pitched taking one losing decision.

He got his first win at Shea against the Cincinnati Reds, allowing only one run on three hits in 8 innings of work. He lost his next three decisions and was 1-4 before putting in two fine performances at the end of May/start of June.

Then his troubles began, it started with tendinitis in his right shoulder which sidelined him from June 5th to mid July. He had a great start against the Expos on July 20th, allowing only one run on three hits, in 8 innings pitched. More troubles came his way as he lost his next seven decisions before getting a win in what would be his last Mets start. He went 5-12 with a 5.38 ERA, 71 walks & 109 strikeouts in 149 innings pitched.

It was discovered that he had a torn labrum which led to surgery that wiped out his 1997 season. Setbacks & injuries kept him down for four years before the Mets finally gave up on him on July 28, 2000. He was traded to Tampa with Jason Tyner for Bubba Trammell & Rick White.
Wilson came back to win 8 games (8-9) with a 4.88 ERA.

After two seasons he went to the Reds and had a fine 2004 season, pitching in 29 games, going 11-6 with 117 strikeouts and a 4.36 ERA, including one complete game.

In 2005 he dropped to 1-5 and another surgery ended his career for good. What was supposed to be a promising career ended at 40-58 619 strikeouts in 941 innings pitched with three complete games & a 4.86 ERA after only seven active seasons.

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