Greg Wiltshire

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Greg Andrew Wiltshire

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 205 lb.

Greg Wiltshire has pitched in the US independent leagues and for the Australian national squad.

Wiltshire debuted for the Melbourne Reds in 1998-1999, allowing 8 hits, 7 walks and 8 runs in 6 2/3 IP. In the 1999-2000 International Baseball League of Australia, Greg was 0-1 with a save and a 5.40 ERA, walking 5 in 6 2/3 IP. In the 2002 Claxton Shield, he was 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA for the Victoria Aces and pitched an excellent game in relief in the finale to give them to a title.

Signed in the US, Wiltshire was 2-3 with 14 saves and a 1.82 ERA as the Kalamazoo Kings closer. He tied for third in the Frontier League in saves. In 2003, Wiltshire had a 6.75 ERA in the Claxton Shield. With Kalamazoo, he was 0-5 with 9 saves and a 4.57 ERA in 23 games for the Kalamazoo Kings. He struck out 27 in 21 2/3 IP but continued to struggle with control, walking 18 batsmen.

In the 2004 Claxton Shield, the big right-hander had a 3.86 ERA in three games for Victoria. With Kalamazoo that year, his record was 7-5, 3.23 with 43 walks in 92 innings, a big improvement on the control front.

In the 2005 Shield, Wiltshire was 1-0, pitching 7 1/3 scoreless innings. In 2006, he was 0-1 with a 8.31 ERA in a forgettable tourney. The next year, he was 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and struck out 15 batters in 14 2/3 IP. Dushan Ruzic edged him for Pitcher of the Year honors.

Wiltshire had a 11-7, one save, 3.35 record for the 2007 El Paso Diablos and finished 10th in the American Association in ERA in his first US season in three years.

After working for a spell as a diesel mechanic, he joined the Australian team for the 2007 Baseball World Cup. He pitched well, with a 1-1, 2.25 record. He allowed only one run in 5 1/3 innings against the mighty Cuban national team, the only score coming when Yoandry Urgellés hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Alexander Mayeta. Wiltshire beat the Venezuelan national team then took a loss in the 5th/6th place game against the South Korean national team.

Wiltshire was 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA in the 2008 Claxton Shield, striking out 17 in 19 innings. He was 6th in the Shield in ERA and tied for 5th in strikeouts. In the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, Wiltshire allowed four runs in one inning in a rout by South Korea and took the loss. He was better against a weak Spanish national team, allowing one hit in four shutout innings.

For the summer, Greg was signed by the President Lions of Taiwan.

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