By Brad Pritchard An elite-level baseball player from New Lowell could be on his way to the big leagues.
Jake Wilson, an 18-year-old centre fielder who plays with the Great Lakes Canadians, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox after his skills in the outfield caught the attention of a major league scout.“It caught me by surprise,” said Wilson, who was drafted in the 39th round.
The draft pick comes after the Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School student signed an NCAA contract in November to play at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
While playing in the big leagues is the ultimate dream, he hasn’t decided what his next move will be.
He said it largely depends what the team offers him in his contract, noting that his scholarship is “really good.”
“I haven’t really decided,” he said. “I’ve been going both ways with it, but at this point I don't really know.”
If he does go with the Red Sox, he said there would be several years of intense training to get within reach of making a big league debut.
“You have to start in minor leagues,” he said. “After a few years, if I do well, they will call me up to each minor team until I reach the actual major league team.”
Wilson played in the New Lowell area for many years before advancing to the AAA league in Barrie and later to Oakville to play at the elite level.
He has previously played with the New Lowell Knights, the Barrie Red Sox and Oakville Royals.
Since last fall, he said his game has improved significantly.
“The scout told me he was surprised on how much range I had…and how well I hit at the plate and track the ball,” he said.