A’s agree to terms with first-round Draft pick Jacob Wilson

July 17th, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics agreed to terms with 2023 First-Round selection Jacob Wilson, the club announced today. 

Wilson hit .412 with six home runs, 61 RBI, and eight stolen bases for the Grand Canyon University Antelopes this season while also earning WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He tallied 19 walks and just five strikeouts to go along with 17 doubles, four triples, a .461 on-base percentage, a .635 slugging percentage, and a 1.096 OPS. As a sophomore, was a national semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and led his team in hits (88) and doubles (18), and ranked second in batting average (.358). Earned All-WAC First Team honors in all three of his seasons at GCU.

The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native entered the draft as the No. 10 prospect by MLB Pipeline. Over three collegiate seasons, Wilson batted .361 with a .977 OPS, 22 homers, 155 RBI, 61 walks, and just 31 strikeouts in 155 career games.

Wilson was selected with the sixth overall pick, marking the first time the A’s have selected in the top 10 since picking Kyler Murray ninth overall in 2018. Last season the A’s selected catcher Daniel Susac with the 19th overall pick. Oakland chose fellow Thousand Oaks High School alumni, shortstop Max Muncy, with the 25th pick in 2021, Turlock High School catcher Tyler Soderstrom with the 26th pick in 2020, and Clemson University shortstop Logan Davidson with the 29th choice in 2019.