Kyle Wilson now joins the ranks of Ghostriders or former Crowder players, as he signed a contract Friday to become a member of the New York Mets organization.

Kyle Wilson now joins the ranks of Ghostriders or former Crowder players, as he signed a contract Friday to become a member of the New York Mets organization.
Wilson was a 35th round selection of the Mets in the MLB Draft in June and he joins former Crowder and Missouri State pitcher Trey Turner (Washington Nationals) in signing on the dotted line with a pro team before the deadline for underclassmen to decide on going pro or going back to college.
The Minnesota Twins selected Wilson in the 19th round in 2015, straight out of Raymore-Peculiar High, but Wilson opted to attend Crowder.
During the past season, Wilson finished with a 3-1 record and a 2.27 ERA for the 54-14 ‘Riders, who made their first JUCO World Series appearance since 2010 and their second overall. Wilson made 15 appearances and six starts, and balanced 58 strikeouts against 23 walks over 39 2/3 innings. He averaged 13.16 strikeouts per nine innings, flashing the stuff that made him a draft prospect.
Wilson made two appearances in the World Series — he came aboard for a single out in the 19-9 run-rule win over Dyersburg State (Tennessee) and allowed one run (unearned) on no hits against Cowley (Kansas), striking out three and walking none.
As a true freshman, Wilson appeared in five games — three starts — and finished 1-2 with a 9.72 ERA and one save before an injury curtailed his season.
Amazon’ Avenue — a New York Mets community — evaluated Wilson:
“Wilson throws from a three-quarters arm slot. The angle gives life to his fastball, a pitch that sits in the low 90s. He supplements the fastball with a high-70s curveball with tight 12-6 break that is generally regarded as an average or better pitch. The curveball is sometimes inconsistent, as he does not always get on top of the ball. He also throws a changeup, but the pitch is still inconsistent and will likely never be graded as even an average pitch.”
Wilson announced his signing with the Mets early Friday.
• Former Crowder players previously signed by the Mets include Don Florence, Scott Henion, Steve LaRose, Kenny Reed, and Tim Williams, all pitchers.
Florence reached MLB as a 28-year-old rookie in the 1995 season and he finished his career with a 3-0 record and a 1.50 ERA in 14 games that season for the Mets. Florence played on a 69-75 Mets team that featured Jeff Kent, Carl Everett, Bobby Bonilla (aren’t the Mets still paying him?), Bret Saberhagen, and John Franco.
Henion pitched for three different organizations — Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Montreal Expos — and recorded a 6-1 record and a 1.37 ERA in his final season (1989) for West Palm Beach.
The Mets picked LaRose in the 10th round of the 1987 MLB Draft — 264th overall pick — and he reached as far as Double-A Jackson with both the Mets and the Houston Astros organizations. LaRose was last seen pitching for the Nashua Pride of the independent Atlantic League in 2002, and his teammates there included former MLB players Lance Johnson, Mel Rojas, John Roper, Milt Cuyler, and Phil Clark.
Reed pitched five seasons for teams in the Mets and Chicago White Sox organizations and his best season was in 1985 for the Appleton Foxes in the Midwest League, 12-4 with a 3.48 ERA and five complete games. Reed’s teammates briefly included Bobby Thigpen, who went on to set the MLB record (since broken) with 57 saves in 1990, pitching for the White Sox. Reed was a second round pick of the Mets in the 1982 January secondary draft; Kansas City picked Danny Jackson from Trinidad State JC first in that secondary draft.
The Mets picked Williams in the ninth round — 209th overall pick — in the 1984 January secondary draft, which focused on junior college players. Williams was actually selected a few rounds ahead of future three-time MLB all-star Mark Grace, picked by the Twins in the 15th round. Grace did not sign, of course, and signed one year later with the Chicago Cubs, for whom he would break on the scene with in 1988, finishing second in Rookie of the Year competition to Cincinnati’s Chris Sabo.