Born: July 6, 1998
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 16th Round, 484th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Minnesota


Wilson’s father, Dan, caught in the majors for 14 years.  Eli played short and ran cross country in high school, then moved to catcher in college, so he doesn’t have a huge amount of experience there.  Baseball America refers to him as improving but a “work in progress” defensively, with an average arm.  He’s athletic and runs well, and may still have some power projection.  He was the best overall hitter on a Minnesota team that appears to have played in a low-offense environment.  As a junior he hit 294/382/453, with just an OK BB:K ratio of 25:45.  That was a slight improvement over his sophomore line of 289/379/428.  BA rated him the second best draft prospect in Minnesota, which as a far northern state obviously isn’t a baseball hotbed, and 385th overall in the draft class.

R+:  234/356/366, 145 AB, 7 2B, 4 HR, 23 BB, 30 K, 1-1 SB

Wilson was the regular catcher at Bristol, showing good athleticism behind the plate and throwing out 39% of base stealers.  He just held his own at the plate, with good patience and some power.  He had a moderate platoon split, with an OPS of .784 against LHPs and .689 against RHPs.


Wilson may still have some projection offensively and could develop into a good defensive catcher.

2021: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 11, 2016: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 37th round, 1107th overall pick.
June 5, 2019:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round, 484th overall pick; signed on June 12.