Aug 31, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Fans line up outside waiting for gates to open for the sold out ESPN Sunday Night baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kris Wilson – Long Relief
Kris Wilson earns the dubious honor of a spot on our 25-man worst roster by sucking as both a reliever and starter. Thus, he’s the perfect fit as long-reliever because he was certain to be awful no matter how he was used.
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Kris Wilson was a 9th round draft pick of the KC Royals in 1997, and thus was mercifully un-hyped when he appeared in Kansas City. So I can’t really say he disappointed anyone, even though he was terrible.
Wilson made his first appearance with the Kansas City Royals in 2000 and raised hopes by pitching in 20 games with 4.19 ERA (for an ERA+ 122). Hey, it was only 34.1 innings, but on the 2000 Royals that made him an oasis of bullpen competence.
It wouldn’t last. Wilson then made 15 starts in 2001 and proved to be inadequate with a 5.19 ERA in 109.1 innings. He then returned to the pen to post an 8.20 ERA in 18.2 innings in 2002 and a 5.33 ERA in 72.2 innings in 2003. Wilson finished his KC Royals career pitching parts of four seasons with a 5.44 ERA in 235.0 innings, while somehow posting a winning 14-9 record.
Kris Wilson bounced around the minor leagues the next two seasons, moving from the KC Royals, to the Boston Red Sox, and finally to the New York Yankees where he pitched his final major-league season in 2006. Wilson then finished out his career pitching one season in Korea and two in Italy.
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