J.T. Wise

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Jeremy Tyler Wise

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Biographical Information[edit]

J.T. Wise was named the nation's top collegiate catcher in 2009. He is the great-nephew of Bobby Richardson.

Amateur Career[edit]

Wise was All-State in high school, where he was coached by his father. He also played football as a defensive lineman. Going on to LSU, he hit .299/.369/.507 as a freshman second baseman in 2006; his 11 homers were the most by a LSU freshman since Mike Fontenot six years prior. Collegiate Baseball named him a Freshman All-American. In 2007, he slumped to .234/.291/.387 while moving to third base. He only went deep twice. The Oakland A's still took him in the 45th round of the 2007 amateur draft, but he did not sign. He hit .261 that summer for the Cape Cod League's Harwich Mariners. He transferred to Oklahoma for his junior year. He batted .278/.323/.460 with 18 doubles and 49 RBI in 60 games while switching positions again, this time to catcher. He hit .350 in 12 games for Harwich in the summer.

As a senior, Wise put on a show, batting .359/.419/.665 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI in 61 games while fielding .996 behind the plate. He tied for second in the Big 12 Conference in homers and was 5th in RBI. He was named the Big 12 Player of the Year. He was named second-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (behind Carlos Ramirez, Baseball America (behind Tony Sanchez) and Collegiate Baseball (behind Chris Henderson). He beat out all of those guys, though, in winning the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher. The Los Angeles Dodgers chose him in the fifth round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was the third position player they took after Blake Davis and Angelo Songco.

Minor League Career[edit]

Wise had a fine pro debut with the 2009 Ogden Raptors, hitting .338/.401/.566 with 8 home runs and 26 runs in 39 games. He threw out an impressive 51% of opposing base-stealers but had 10 passed balls. In 2010, Wise hit .309/.363/.505 with 12 home runs for the Great Lakes Loons, with a .362 mark against southpaws. The next year, he batted .286/.384/.503 with 17 home runs and 73 RBI in 97 games for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

With the 2012 Chattanooga Lookouts, Wise got a new position, first base. After 77 games, he was hitting .263/.360/.398 with 24 doubles but only 4 home runs.