Minor Leaguer Wilson honored for strong week

Minor Leaguer Wilson honored for strong week

PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Justin Wilson has joined some select Pirates Minor League company as a two-time winner of the International League Pitcher of the Week Award.

Wilson earned the most recent citation after giving up only one run and five hits in two starts covering 13 innings in the week through Sunday. His earlier honor was for the week of April 23-29, recognizing his seven inning start toward Indianapolis' no-hitter against Durham.

Wilson, on whom the Bucs are keeping a close eye for a possible midseason addition to their staff, is the third Indianapolis pitcher to win the weekly award twice in one season.

John Van Benschoten (2007) and Ian Snell (2005) had previously doubled up as pitchers of the week in the Triple-A loop.

"Justin keeps showing you flashes of his stuff," said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. "If he gains command of his fastball, he could be a quality Major League starter. If not, he could still become a left-handed reliever who throws hard."