Ross Ingram Wilson came to the Cape Cod Baseball League, like many of the other top talents in the country, with aspirations of improving his overall game, particularly in the field.
So far this season, Wilson has been a mainstay at second base, starting all eight of the Bourne Braves (3-5) contests.
The 6', 185-pound native of Hoover, Alabama earned a spot on the Braves' roster after putting up impressive numbers as a freshman middle infielder for the University of Alabama baseball team.
Wilson, playing in the powerhouse baseball conference that is the SEC, hit .295 in 62 games for the Crimson Tide. Aside from being a solid contact hitter, Wilson also proved he can hit for power, belting 15 home runs and knocking in 47 runs.
Wilson explained that he was honored to be playing for the Braves and in the Cape League. “The Cape League has an unbelievable reputation down south,” Wilson said. “It’s the best league by far.”
So far this season, Wilson has had success at the plate and in the field, hitting .258 with two doubles.
There is a lot of pressure playing in what is known as a pitcher’s league. Players know that they may only get one opportunity to impress scouts, but Wilson is familiar with being in the spotlight and playing in front of the camera.
From 2006-07, Ross starred in the MTV series Two-A-Days, a show that chronicled the lives of the star high school football players for national powerhouse Hoover Buccaneers. During his junior season as the starting quarterback, Ross led the Bucs to the school’s fourth Alabama state championship, passing for 2,950 yards and 31 touchdowns.
“Overall the MTV experience was pretty good, it turned out well,” Ross said. “I’m definitely glad it’s over though.”
If you followed either of the show’s two seasons, you would have thought Ross was poised to accept a scholarship and play football in the SEC, just like his older brother John Parker, the starting quarterback for the University of Alabama.
“I talked to a few schools about playing football, but I decided pretty early on (after his junior season) that I wanted to pursue baseball,” Wilson said.
Ross ultimately chose to play for the University of Alabama, turning down offers from schools such as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Auburn. Wilson made it clear he chose to play for the Crimson Tide because he felt at home there and really liked the coaching staff.
Wilson commented on the difficulties of transitioning from the metal bats used during NCAA play to the wood bats used in the Cape League. The transition is a frustrating one for many hitters, as wood bats have a lot less pop than metal ones do.
For a middle infielder that hits with power, one can’t help but notice the similarities between Wilson and Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla.
“A-Rod is my favorite player to watch because he’s the best out there, but as a second baseman I really enjoy watching Dan Uggla play the game,” Wilson said. “He’s a guy that has some speed and has some power.”
Ross also added that he is having a great time in the Cape thus far and is adjusting to life in the Northeast quite nicely.
“I couldn’t ask for a better host family,” he said.