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Preston Wilson

Preston James Richard Wilson
Born: July 19, 1974 in Bamberg, S.C.
Debut: 1998 | Pos: OF
H: 6'2" | W: 193 | B: R | T: R

>> Visit the Preston Wilson biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Preston Wilson, relative of former major leaguer Mookie Wilson, became a Florida Marlin in 1998 after playing eight games with the New York Mets.

In his first 31 at-bats in Florida, Wilson finished with 2 hits, 1 home run and 1 run batted in. He tallied a dismal .065 batting average.

In 1999, however, Wilson showed his big-league potential. He hit .280 with 26 home runs and 71 runs batted in. In addition, he had 11 stolen bases. In 2000, Wilson continued his improvement. He hit .264, but he added 31 home runs, 121 runs batted in and 36 stolen bases in 50 attempts.

Prior to the 2001 season, Wilson signed a 5-year, $32 million contract with the Marlins.  In 2003, he moved to Colorado as part of a trade that sent Mike Hampton to Florida and then to the Atlanta Braves.