Wilson turns in strong performance to turn heads in Arizona

March 29, 2019
Leland Wilson baseball

Leland Wilson

Anchorage’s Leland Wilson held his own against next-level batters in Arizona during an exhibition game with Langley Blaze out of Canada.

The 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher gave up just one base hit and one unearned run in three innings of work against a group of minor-league players there for spring training.

Wilson, of West High fame, struck out two batters and the hit he gave up wasn’t well hit.

“It was a little doink single,” Tony Wylie told me.

Each spring, Wylie, a former Legion state championship manager, takes elite locals to Arizona to play exhibition games against minor-league competition through his contacts with the Langley Blaze.

Wilson – a preseason Alaska high school player-of-the-year candidate – struggled to find the zone early, probably from nervous of having more than 20 professional scouts sitting behind home plate.

Once he settled down, he found his groove.

“He did well,” Wyle said. “His fastball touched 88, and he’s got a few more miles per hour in him.”

Last season, Wilson went 8-2 with an 0.62 ERA in 11 starts over the Legion and high school season. He struck out 100 batters in 55.2 innings.