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CJ Wilson Los Angeles Angels Pitcher

CJ Wilson LA Angels

CJ Wilson LA Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Pitcher CJ Wilson

Christopher John “CJ” Wilson was born on November 18, 1980 in Newport Beach, CA. He is a professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Attended high school in Fountain Valley in Fountain Valley, CA and attended his college at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating high school, Wilson went undrafted. Instead, he was offered walk-on roles at Division I universities. In the end, he chose to attend Santa Ana Junior College. “Realistically, I was physically behind and couldn’t compete at the D1 level yet. Don Sneddon and his coaching staff at Santa Ana really gave me the chance to work my way into maturity by emphasizing self-discipline. I wanted to be a Major Leaguer and knew I could do it with the right amount of work and focus. ”

After two very productive seasons at Santa Ana JC, the young pitcher got a scholarship offer from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He took the offer and transferred to Fountain Valley believing it would positively impact his chances for the June Draft. His standout performance that year earned him MVP honors in the Orange Empire Conference and California Junior College Co-Player of the Year, thought he still went undrafted.

The sinistral pitcher decided to apply himself in his academics, juggling daily practice while actively making an effort in his passion, film. He took a hefty course load in his major, screenwriting, and attended classes with well known actors, writers, and directors.

He was finally drafted in the 5th round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers. He was scouted by Tim Fortugno, who also resided in Huntington Beach. “Tim believed in me and took a chance on me. It was the happiest day of my life. ”

The next few years, Wilson started off by flying through the Minor Leagues, starting the 2001 season in Pulaski of the Appalachian League, afterwards being promoted to Single-A with the Savannah Sand Gnats. He moved through High-A Charlotte (Florida State League) and into Double-A Tulsa (Texas League) by late 2002. His exceptional start was not without faults, however, as he encountered several major obstacles, namely:

2001 – Promoted from rookie ball to low-A ball mid season, then suffered stress fracture in leg.
2002 – From High A ball All-Star to complete game playoff win in AA.
2003 – AA ace to open the season, Tommy John Surgery in August.
2004 – Missed entire season, setbacks from surgery including nerve damage.

Wilson’s real breakthrough season came in 2007 when he became the closer for The Texas Rangers, which “was an absolute dream come true.” He was 11 for 12 in saves in just his second full season in the Majors.

2010 saw Wilson named to the starting rotation. Starting in the majors for the first time since his rookie year, Wilson would prove to be one of the best pitchers in the league and would start the second post-season game for the Rangers. In two seasons as a starter, Wilson compiled a 31-15 record with six complete games, one shutout and a 3.14 ERA (427.1 IP – 149 ER) in 67 starts. His 31 wins are tied for seventh most in the Majors over the last two seasons. For his career, Wilson is 43-35, with six complete games, one shutout, 52 saves and a 3.60 ERA in 325 games (73 starts).

By 2011, Wilson’s talents had helped guide Texas to a second consecutive World Series berth. The lefty made a career-high 34 starts (T1st in MLB) registering a 16-7 record with three complete games, one shutout and a 2.94 ERA (223.1 IP – 73 ER) while walking 74 batters and striking out 206. He finished among A.L. leaders in wins (T4th), strikeouts (6th), ERA (7th) and opponents’ batting average (10th, .232). Wilson’s 2.31 road ERA (121 IP – 31 ER) was the lowest mark in the A.L.

Wilson joined the Angels on the same day Los Angeles agreed to a 10-year, $254 million deal with first baseman Albert Pujols. “It’s crazy, obviously, with Albert going over there,” Wilson told reporters. “It’s a big swing of the balance of power in the West. I thought I was going to make a little bit of difference and he’s obviously going to make a huge one. I mean, nobody saw that coming.”

Currently, Wilson is part of a dynamic pitching foursome that also includes Jered Weaver (the ace), Dan Haren (possibly baseball’s most consistent arm the last seven years) and Ervin Santana (among the most electric in the game).

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LA Angels 2012 Team Preview

Baseball season will soon be here and we thought it’d be nice to bring to you, every Tuesday and Thursday, a preview from each team in the NL and AL West; culminating in a divisional breakdown and projected front-runners. So without any delay, here’s a look at the 2012 Los Angeles Angels. Oh and if you want NL and AL East projections, you’re on the wrong website, son. Turn to any sports TV to get that stuff.


In 2011, the Angels were a decent offensive team.

In 2012, they should be a great offensive team.

The addition of Albert Pujols is huge. If he stays healthy, he’s going to give the Angels a .300-plus average, 40 or so home runs and well over 100 RBI. The Angels haven’t had a hitter like Pujols since Vlad Guerrero was in his heyday.

There are no true superstars to be found elsewhere in the Angels’ lineup, but as a whole, it’s pretty deep. The Angels will have to live with low batting averages from Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells, but they’ll at least hit for power. Howie Kendrick is as solid as they come when he’s healthy, and Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar swing quality sticks as well.

The question is what are the Angels going to do about the logjam they have at the DH spot? The Angels are hoping Mark Trumbo will be able to transition over to third base, but he seems to be a much better fit at DH. The trouble is that they also have Kendrys Morales and Bobby Abreu to worry about. They’re going to need to get at-bats, so Mike Scioscia better get ready for some lineup juggling this season.

Honestly, who else could it be but Albert Pujols?

How good is Pujols? He hit .299 with 37 homers and 99 RBI in 2011, and that was his worst season of his career.

The Outfield

Vernon Wells was simply amazing in his first season after he came over in a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays. He hit 25 home runs, drove in 66 runs and he did it all despite only playing in 131 games. The Angels couldn’t have done it without him.


The top three in the rotation, Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, and Ervin Santana had a combined 2.99 era and 45 wins. The Angels found a nice surprise from Jerome Williams as he owned a 2.31 era as a starter and 3.68 era overall.

The Angels didn’t just make one splash on the hitters side, they balanced it out by adding the top MLB pitcher on the market in CJ Wilson. They signed Wilson to a five-year, $77.5M contract in December. Wilson was the ace of the Rangers the past two years going 31-15 3.15 era. The Angels will have a total of four top pitchers in their rotation, instantly catapulting them into discussion of who has the best pitching staff along with the Phillies and Giants.

The additions of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson immediately has the Texas Rangers looking over their shoulder as the Angels look to overthrow the two-time defending AL West Champs. A playoff berth for the Angels should be in the cards. The combination of hitting and pitching could potentially bring the Angels back to the World Series, where they won it all a decade ago. The season would be branded unsuccessful if they fail to secure a spot in the playoffs resulting in the offseason spending spree of $331.5M being all for naught.

Final words:

The Angels are a rock-solid team. There are better offenses and better fielding teams out there, but the Angels have one of the best rotations in the majors, and they have more than enough offense to support it. They’re going to win a lot of games this season.

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