Tampa Bay Rays

Paul Wilder

1st Card


YEAR: 1997

BRAND: Topps Co.

SET: Bowman

Paul Wilder

RESUME: Battled injuries in pro debut...Faced Jimmy Key (on rehab) in first 2 pro PA's; struck out first time, but pulled a double off 375-foot sign the second...Led GCL (A) in BB's...Hit 10 HR's in 24 HS games as senior.

SKILLS: Huge power upsdie...Very patient hitter...Surprisingly athletic for a big guy (6.7 in the 60)

UP CLOSE: First draft pick in the history of the Devil Rays...Batted leadoff in HS so foes wouldn't intentionally walk him.