Nigel Wilson

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Nigel Edward Wilson

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Nigel Wilson was a minor league slugger and star in Japanese baseball. His career in the U.S. major leagues didn't take off, as he hit .000 in his first two cups of coffee.

Wilson, born in Canada in 1970, was signed as a free agent by scout Bob Prentice for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987. During his last five years in the minors, 1992-1996, he slugged over .500 each time.

He was drafted by the Florida Marlins with their first pick in the 1992 expansion draft. Coming up in September 1993, he went 0-for-16. Later, coming up in 1995 with the Cincinnati Reds, he went 0-for-7.

In 1996, his last cup of coffee, he slugged .750 for the Cleveland Indians, going 3-for-12 with 2 homers. It was a tough outfield to break into, as the Indians had Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez and Kenny Lofton in the outfield with Jeromy Burnitz and Brian Giles looking for playing time there.

He hit 119 home runs while playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters and the Kintetsu Buffaloes in Nippon Pro Baseball.

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