Wilson gets opportunity to make an impression

O's 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year will make his spring starting debut

Wilson gets opportunity to make an impression

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tyler Wilson, the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2014, will get his first Grapefruit League start on Saturday when he faces the Yankees. 

"I'm excited," Wilson said. "Obviously, to get a chance to start a game is great. That's all I've ever done in the Minor Leagues. It's good to be able to have a few days to get back in that routine a little bit."

Wilson has been used out of the bullpen this spring. The former 10th-round pick -- out of the University of Virginia -- said it's been a learning experience. 

"I haven't done that before in professional baseball. So that's been a huge [learning experience] for down the line if that becomes the role that I play this year or for the rest of my career," he said. "But to be able to add starting to the list and kind of getting into that routine if that's how I start the season also is a huge perk."

Wilson will face a Yankee team that should have most of its regulars in the lineup with the game being played in Tampa, Fla., and said he will treat it just like any other game.   

"Sometimes, it's easy to get lost in those distractions and let your mind wander and think about what ifs. But as I've talked about, staying kind of locked in on day to day," Wilson said. "I know it's cliche, but focus on what you can do today to get better and whatever opportunity is presented to you in this given moment, to take full advantage of it."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.