Wilson enjoying homecoming with Angels

Wilson enjoying homecoming with Angels

C.J. Wilson, RHP, Angels
Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.

When Wilson signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Angels in December 2011, it was simply a homecoming for the crafty left-hander.

Wilson was born in Newport Beach, went to high school at Fountain Valley High School and played collegiately at Santa Ana College and Loyola Marymount University -- all close to the shadow of Anaheim's Big A. The 33-year-old lefty wasn't always a pitcher, though, as he played outfield and first base in high school and college. He was an all-conference selection during his senior season in high school and also participated in the 1998 Orange County North/South All-Star Game.

Wilson has made his mark off the field, as well, founding his own charitable foundation while living a straight-edge lifestyle (one devoid of drugs or alcohol). He studied screenwriting in college and races cars in his spare time.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.