NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- Just three years into his professional baseball career, Norfolk Tides pitcher Tyler Wilson is still learning the craft of being a starting pitcher. “The first outing at any level is new and exciting. Your anxious because you want to see what it’s all about. You get your feet wet and you re-establish yourself and prove yourself to your teammates and coaches. But it’s no different. Baseball is still baseball at this level,” said Wilson.
Wilson had 10 wins and 5 losses with a league high 91 strike outs in 96 innings with the Double-A Bowie Baysox before joining the Tides. Norfolk is yet another convenient stop in his baseball career. “I went to Richmond Braves games my entire middle and high school career when I could really appreciate the level of baseball being played and obviously I have been familiar with the Tides my whole life. It’s really humbling to wear those uniforms and be able to play for those stages that I admired for so long as a kid and really craved to be on that field,” said Wilson.
The 24-year-old grew up outside of Richmond in Midlothian and played college baseball at the University of Virginia. His 25 wins are 3rd most in UVa baseball history and like most, he was caught up in the Cavaliers run at the College World Series. “I thought they were gonna win it all. That’s all I was thinking. I was excited for the team and the coaches especially. They invest so much time and effort into the players and the program that nobody deserves it more than them,” added Wilson.
Wilson studied Biology at Virginia with thoughts of one day going into orthopedic medicine. But that will have to wait, as he hopes to one day take the hill at Camden Yards.