Rixon Wingrove

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Rixon James Taylor-Wingrove

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 5", Weight 260 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rixon Wingrove has played in the minors and represented Australia on the international stage.

Wingrove hit .280/.424/.520 with six walks in eight games in the 2017 U-18 Baseball World Cup, handling 77 chances error-free at first for the Aussies. He drove in four against Nicaragua but only one in their other seven games. Only Alex Hall drove in more runs for Australia. He was second in the event in putouts, 3 behind Triston Casas. [1] He was 3 for 13 with a double and a walk for the Sydney Blue Sox in the 2017-2018 Australian Baseball League, backing up Connor MacDonald at first.

Philadelphia Phillies scout Howard Norsetter signed him in 2018. [2] He hit .241/.310/.342 for the '18 GCL Phillies West then was 4 for 15 with a walk and a homer in the 2018-2019 ABL. Returning to the GCL Phillies West in 2019, he improved to .298/.374/.500 with 17 doubles and 37 RBI in 48 games. He led the Gulf Coast League in doubles (one ahead of Kerry Carpenter), RBI (3 ahead of Carpenter and Edgar Made), was second to Made in hits, second to Carpenter in extra-base hits, tied for 9th in homers (5) and 6th in slugging. [3] He led the league's first basemen in putouts (336), assists (17) and errors (8) and was named the GCL All-Star first baseman. [4]

Moving to the Adelaide Bite for the 2019-2020 ABL, he produced at a .232/.326/.348 clip. The 2020 minor league season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was back with Adelaide in 2020-2021 and batted .250/.286/.597 with 7 homers but 30 strikeouts in 72 at-bats. Only Blake Gailen hit more homers that winter in Australia but the big first baseman also tied Jared Walker for the K lead. He spent most of 2021 with the Clearwater Threshers but struggled on contact (.206/.284/.373, 11 HR in 79 G); he also played 7 games with the FCL Phillies, presumably on a rehab stint.

In 2022, he was back with Clearwater briefly (3 for 27, 3 BB, 13 K) but spent most of the summer with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws (.251/.349/.466, 12 HR, 43 RBI in 67 G). His batting line was .200/.333/.280 and his defense error-free in the 2022 U-23 Baseball World Cup. [5] He hit .279/.341/.516 for the Adelaide Giants in 2022-2023 as they won their first title. He tied Darrien Miller for the most doubles, 12.

He then made the Australian national team roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic. [6]