The Mets drafted Paul Wilson with the number one overall pick in the 1994 amateur draft. The right-handed pitcher was supposed to be the focal point of Generation K, the Mets highly touted trio of young pitchers who were supposed to write the next chapter in the Mets rich pitching history. The other two members included Jason Isringhausen and Bill Pulsipher. But unfortunately, as with most things during the decade of the 90’s for the Mets it didn’t work out as planned.
Wilson made his much-anticipated debut on April 4, 1996 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He didn’t exactly overpower but did pitch well allowing 3 runs over 6 innings to earn a no decision in the Mets 10-9 victory. Wilson would not earn his first victory until his fourth start when he allowed just one run over 8 innings against the Cincinnati Reds. He would not win another game until the end of May. With his record at 3-5 and his ERA at 6.06 he was placed on the disabled list with shoulder tendonitis. When he returned from the DL in the middle of July Wilson continued to struggle; he lost seven straight decisions on his way to a 5-12 record with a 5.38 ERA.
Following the season, it was determined that Wilson had a torn labrum which would require surgery. Over the next four seasons Wilson toiled in the Mets minor league system trying to get back to the majors but various injuries kept sidelining him. Finally, in the middle of the 2000 season the Mets grew tired of waiting for Wilson to blossom into the pitcher they thought they were getting when they drafted him number one and traded him to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays along with Jason Tyner in exchange for Bubba Trammell and Rick White.
While with the Mets Wilson wore number 32.
Paul Wilson also played for the following teams:
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2000-2002
Cincinnati Reds – 2003-2005