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Desi Bernard Wilson (born May 9, 1969) is a former professional baseball player. He played part of one season in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants in 1996, primarily as a first baseman. He also played one season in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers in 1998. He is currently the hitting coach of the Iowa Cubs, an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Desi Wilson
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Wilson with the Peoria Chiefs in 2008
First baseman
Born: (1969-05-09) May 9, 1969 (age 50)
Glen Cove, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 7, 1996, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1996, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs2
Runs batted in12
Teams

Playing careerEdit

Wilson was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1991 amateur draft. In 1994, he was traded to the Giants, along with Rich Aurilia, for pitcher John Burkett.

Wilson played part of one season on the 1996 Giants, with a .271 batting average over 41 games. He also played in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers in 1998.

Wilson played in the affiliated minor leagues until 2002, then went on to play in the independent leagues until 2007. Overall, he hit .312 in his minor league career. In 2005, while playing for the Surprise Fightin' Falcons, Desi had a 30-game hitting streak and batted .411, setting a Golden Baseball League record.[citation needed]

Post-playing careerEdit

In 2007, Wilson began the season as the manager of the Anderson Joes of the independent South Coast League. Midway through the season, he left the position of manager and was activated as a player. He was then traded to the South Georgia Peanuts where he served as a player-coach for the remainder of the season and was part of the club's SCL championship. He joined the Cubs organization in 2009 as a hitting coach, joining Daytona in 2012. He was promoted to the hitting coach of the Tennessee Smokies in 2013.

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