Thomas Leroy (Tom) Wilson...lettered in football and baseball at Troy High School in
Fullerton, Calif....attended Fullerton Junior College and earned All-American and All-Conference honors...
was originally signed by Rockies Director of Scouting Bill Schmidt, then a scout with the Yankees.
Wilson played in three different organizations throughout the season, four if you include where
he started spring training...began the year on the Padres' 40-man roster but was released near the end of
camp on March 29...signed a minor league contract with Oakland on April 5 and played in 14 games for
Class AAA Sacramento before being released on April 23...signed a minor league deal with the Mets on
May 14...was placed on the seven-day disabled list that day due to a contusion of the right wrist and reported
to Triple A Norfolk upon activation on June 3...had his contract selected by the Mets on June 16 and
played in one game (0-for-1) before being designated for assignment on June 19...cleared waivers and was
outrighted to Norfolk...less than a week later, the Mets purchased his contract again on June 24...he played
in three more games for New York, including a start on June 27 at Yankee Stadium (1-for-2, single)...was
designated for assignment July 7 and accepted an option back to Norfolk...was designated for assignment
again on July 21 and outrighted to Norfolk...on Aug. 16, he was traded to Los Angeles and reported to Triple
A Las Vegas where he hit .421 with 4 homers and 9 RBI in nine games...was a September call-up with the
Dodgers on Sept. 1 and spent the remainder of the season in the big leagues, batting .125 in nine games,
no starts. Postseason:
Homered in Game 1 of the NLDS at St. Louis on Oct. 5, becoming the first Dodger
to ever homer in his first career Division Series at-bat...he played in two postseason contests, both as a
late-inning defensive replacement.
Batted a career high .258 and matched career high playing in 96 games ... Matched career high with 28 walks ... Led the team for the second straight season in pitches per plate appearance at 4.30 ... Prior to the All-Star break batted .289 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 64 games ... After the break batted .193 with 11 RBI in 32 games ... Had four extra-base hits after the All-Star break, four doubles ... Did not hit a home run in his last 44 games, last home run was June 26 vs. BAL ... Most productive month at the plate was in May, batting .333 (19-57) with one home run and nine RBI in 21 games ... Hit in a career high seven straight games (9-23, .391) from May 11-22 ... Had an RBI in four straight games, five RBI, from May 16-21 ... In May and June combined to hit .326 (31-95) with three home runs and 17 RBI in 34 games ... Drove in a season high three runs on June 23 vs. BAL ... June 26 vs. BAL had a career high four hits ... Made 65 starts, 61 behind the plate, two at 1B and one in RF ... Made first career start in the outfield (RF) on April 5 at MIN ... As a pinch-hitter was 7-16 (.438) with four RBI and one walk ... Batted .299 vs. LHP and .228 vs. RHP ... four of his five home runs came vs. right-handers ... Was tied for 2nd in the AL with the seven pinch hits ... Threw out 17.4% of attempted base-stealers (12 CS, 57 SB) ... The Blue Jays staff posted a 5.50 ERA in his 546.1 innings caught.
Career Notes: Is a career 10-31 (.323) as a pinch-hitter with one home run and five RBI.
In his first full season in the major leagues batted .257 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 96 games...Made 52 starts as catcher, 12 as DH and nine at first base...Made Blue Jays debut on April 5 vs. Minnesota as a pinch-hitter (0-1)... April 20 at New York Yankees homered for the first time as a Blue Jay (Lilly-1R)... May 14 vs. Seattle homered twice for the first time in his career and drove in a career high four runs (Freddy Garcia-1R, Ryan Franklin-2R)... May 12-20 hit in a career high six games (12-23, .522)... May 24 vs. Cleveland hit his first career pinch-hit home run off Dave Riske (1R)... In May batted .313 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 19 games... June 9 vs. Colorado hit a ninth inning game tying RBI double in a 3-2 last at bat win... In June and July combined to hit .160 (12-75) in 29 games... Prior to the All-Star break batted .242 with five home runs, 21 RBI and 21 walks in 53 games... After the break batted .277 with three home runs, 16 RBI and seven walks in 43 games... August 7 vs. Seattle made first career start at first base (1-3, 2B, HBP)... August 7-24 started nine games at first base (8-31, .258, HR, 1RBI)... As the DH batted .300 (12-40) with seven RBI and as the catcher batted .253 (45-178) with six home runs and 25 RBI... As a pinch-hitter was 3-15 (.200) with one home run and four RBI... Batted .337 with three home runs and 17 RBI vs. left-handers... Batted .220 with five home runs and 20 RBI vs. right-handers... At home batted .279 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 47 games... Away from SkyDome batted .233 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 49 games... Walked 28 times on the season with 15 coming in the first 21 games...
Four times had a career high three hits in a game... Saw a team high 4.27 pitches per plate appearance... While catching, pitchers posted a 5.07 ERA... Threw out 11 of 55 attempted base stealers.
Spent most of the season with Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League and also appeared in nine games for the Oakland A's hitting .190 with two home runs and four RBI...With Sacramento hit .282 in 77 games with eight home runs and 48 RBI...Had an on-base percentage of .394 after collecting 49 walks and just 62 strikeouts...Hit in a season high ten straight from May 15 to July 15...On May 19 his contract was purchased by Oakland...Made his ML debut on May 19 vs the Chicago White Sox and was 1-3 with a solo HR against James Baldwin...Collected hits in three of his nine games with two hit outing on May 30 vs Tampa Bay...Hit his second HR on June 14 at San Diego, a solo shot off Kevin Jarvis...Was optioned to Sacramento on June 30...Returned and hit .309 in July and .317 in August...Hit .314 at home with six home runs and 28 RBI...On the road hit .246 with two home runs and 20 RBI...Hit .344 against left-handed pitching and .263 against right-handed pitching.
Returned to the Yankees organization and spent the season with Columbus of the International League (AAA) hitting .276 with 20 home runs and 71 RBI...Was second in the league with 73 walks and was fourth in the league with a .410 on-base percentage...Hit .308 in April with three home runs and 12 RBI...On April 19 recorded five walks at Charlotte...Hit two home runs and collected a season high five RBI vs Rochester on May 10...Also collected five RBI on August 2 at Toledo...Hit .304 against LHP and .265 against RHP...Hit .241 at home and .310 on the road...Caught 81 games posting a .986 fielding percentage...Also played six games in left field and five at first base...Was 3-5 as a pinch hitter.
Joined the Devil Rays organization and split the season between Durham of the International League (AAA) and Orlando of the Southern League (AA)...Combined to hit 23 home runs with 67 RBI...Opened the season as the back-up catcher to Joe Oliver and was hitting.366 with four home runs and 15 RBI before being sent to Orlando on May 7...In 30 games hit .288 with seven home runs and 23 RBI before returning to Durham on June 14 when Oliver was placed on the disabled list, Oliver was traded on July 23...In 60 games at catcher posted a .986 fielding percentage after committing 12 errors.
Joined the Diamondbacks organization and hit a career high .303 for Tucson of the Pacific Coast League (AAA)...In 111 games hit 17 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs and drove in 54 runs...Joined Arizona for a two day stay, June 2 & 3, but did not see any action...Caught 94 games for Tucson and appeared in 13 games at first base, three in the outfield and three at third base...Hit .357 in 54 games following the All-Star break...In August hit .433 with 13 extra base hits and 15 RBI.
Rejoined the Yankee organization and hit .296 in 124 games for Norwich with 21 doubles, 21 home runs and 80 RBI...Finished third in the Eastern League in on-base percentage (.416), fourth in walks (86) and strikeouts (126) and fifth in runs scored (88)...Hit in 26 of 31 games from July 1 to August 6 posting a .357 average...Appeared in one game with Columbus.
After one game with Columbus was traded to the Indians organization for C Ryan Martindale and OF Marc Marini...In 73 games with Buffalo of the International League (AAA) hit .269 with 14 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI.
Opened the season in AAA with the Columbus Clippers of the International League as their starting catcher and hit .258 in 22 games...Suffered torn ligaments in his left thumb and was on the disabled list from May 8 to July 21 (74 days)...Played in 28 games with Norwich of the Eastern League (AA) and in 17 with Tampa of the Florida State League (A).
Hit .245 in 123 games with seven home runs and 42 RBI for Albany in his first AA season...Made eight errors in 113 games at catcher and three at third base...Led Eastern League catchers in games, total chances (822) and putouts (744)...Played for Hilo in the Hawaiian Winter League and hit .252 with two homers and 15 RBI in 44 games.
Hit .249 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 120 games with Greensboro (A)...Led South Atlantic League catchers in games (113), total chances (955) and putouts (850)...Committed 13 errors and 29 passed balls in 113 games...Led the league in walks with 91 which was tied for 13th in minor league baseball...Posted an on-base percentage of .388 to rank ninth in the league...Was a spring training invitee at Major League camp.
Hit .210 for Greensboro of the South Atlantic League and led the organization in sacrifice flies (8) and was fifth in walks (68)...Threw out 38 of 156 (24.4) of base stealers...Caught 89 games and had 10 errors and 23 passed balls...Had a .325 on-base percentage despite a .210 batting average.
Made his pro debut with Oneonta of the New York-Penn League (A) and hit .243 with four home runs and 42 RBI...Threw out 10 of 92 base runners.