Upon further review, it was discovered that Wilson had a shredded elbow. Following surgery, he transferred to Texas A&M in January 2008 and was chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2008 Major League Amateur Draft. He opted to remain in school, and was picked in the second round by the Boston Red Sox in 2009.
"Tommy John was a setback, transferring schools was a step in the right direction," said Wilson, who started at Winthrop, the same school that 2011 Hurricane graduate Sam Kmiec transferred to after his freshman year at Wake Forest.
"I got drafted, I sat in AAA all last year, I had a good year and knew if I stayed consistent, do what I do, hopefully I would force their hand. After spring training, I go to Class AAA as expected. The first week, I get called into the office and told, 'Congratulations, you're going to the big leagues.' It took me by surprise, because it was so early in the year."
Wilson wasn't drafted as a reliever, but decided in 2012 at Pawtucket that would not be a bad route to pursue. He went 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 40 games, starting in just three. His career earned run average in Class AAA was 3.83.
Suddenly, the notoriety that comes with being the game's starting pitcher was traded for the unremarkable life of a middle reliever.
In fact, Wilson doesn't have a label yet - middle relief, setup man, etc. - and is only concerned about competing and handling "this level of talent."
"Most people don't make their debut in the ninth inning of a 3-2 game," he said.
"They told me to not look at it as a demotion but look at it as an opportunity. Generally, it's the fastest way to the big leagues."
The rest of the tradeoff has him not worrying about much of anything but playing baseball.
"It's incredibly different (than the minors)," Wilson said. "No more waiting in lines at the airport. Drive up to the plane, don't lug around your own bags anymore. I went to a hotel and at dinner and came back and my bag was waiting for me at the room.
"That takes away the worries of the little things. They try to simplify your life outside of baseball to make it as easy as possible to compete and do your thing on the field."
So far so good for the guy who relies heavily on his fastball and slider and will slip in an occasional changeup to keep batters honest.
"I guess Wednesday (today) will be a week," he said. "It's been a surreal experience. I don't know if I wrapped my head around it."
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.