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2019 MLB Draft: Angels select Will Wilson with 15th overall pick

Yet another shortstop comes off the board at pick No. 15.

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With the 15th pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Angels have selected \shortstop Will Wilson from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wilson is one of the best defensive shortstops in the draft; after all, he has only made four errors this season at NC State. Wilson has decent range and solid fielding ability that can only improve from here. He is also a strong hitter with some pop (39 homers in nearly three seasons), but his main skill at the plate is contact and getting on base.

One of Wilson’s most pronounced weaknesses is his underwhelming speed at the shortstop position, and this will likely affect his range. His arm strength is also average at best, so difficult plays could be a problem for him. Wilson’s plate discipline has room for improvement, too, as he walked just one percent of the time at NC State. In Major League Baseball, walking eight percent of the time is considered to be average and four percent is said to be awful, so Wilson will definitely need to work on his patience, especially considering that the pitchers in affiliated ball will have more movement and velocity than he is used to.