It was almost two years ago when I first saw Justin Wilson pitch the Altoona Curve into an Eastern League Championship. Watching guys on that team get promoted last year to the Pirates was very exciting for me as I knew the Pirates were bringing in young talent who wanted to win at the big league level. However, the Altoona 4 as they were dubbed didn't do much at the AAA level last year and some missed considerable time with injuries.
Justin Wilson who was the ELCS MVP was moved to the bullpen due to early struggles in the 2011 season. Once moved to the bullpen he started to post better results and at times was clocking in at 99MPH on the radar gun which is crazy fast for a lefty.
This year the Pirates started Wilson again at AAA and he has been more consistent in his former starting role. Last night, Wilson combined with two other pitchers for a no hitter for the Indianapolis Indians against the Durham Bulls. He pitched 7.2 innings and struck out 9 while walking only 2. Two other pitchers were used to finish out the game.
Congrats to Justin Wilson! Hopefully we'll see you in Pittsburgh soon.