MLB Future Watch: Will Wagner Baseball Cards, Houston Astros – Will Wagner was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft. Being the son of closer Billy Wagner, a former first-round selection of the Astros, who had a great career could be a benefit as far as bloodlines go. That will remain to be seen.
When Wagner was in high school, perfectgame.org ranked him 618 out of the top 1000 players in America. He committed to Liberty University to play NCAA baseball.
As a sophomore in 2019, he hit .305 with 42 RBI and 43 runs scored. He hit 14 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 home runs along with a .444 slugging percentage. At the end of the season, he received ASUN All-Conference first team honors.
After he was done with college baseball, he joined the Fayetteville Woodpeckers in Class A. He hit .299 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, and 14 RBI besides a playing stellar second base. He had already finished his final college season, and he kept on playing. These are very strong numbers for a first-year professional who played in only 31 games.
To start 2021-22, Wagner was placed in Asheville, playing for the Tourists and looking to have a nice start to the new season. In 163 at-bats, he had 7 doubles, 1 triple, and 4 home runs with 25 RBI, 3 steals, and a .392 OBP.
Later that season, Wagner moved up to AA with the Corpus Christie Hooks in the Texas League. In 184 at-bats, he hit six doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 19 RBI and 4 steals, and a .355 OBP. His fielding percentage was good, and he was all over the infield playing first base, second base, shortstop, and third base! That’s super versatile.
The first card to look for is Wagner’s 2022 Bowman Chrome Prospects card. This card has the traditional Bowman look, but the photo is a post-action shot after he’s swung. He’s a good contact hitter and based on his eyes I’d say he’s tracking his hit.
Another card from the 2022 Bowman release would be a lava refractor. This card is something different. It has a shine to it, a rainbow finish that doesn’t seem to have a flow to it. It’s something unusual for sure.
One last card is another serial-numbered refractor. This one is the purple refractor. The color just jumps off the card, and if you believe in Wagner, you’ll collect these parallels.
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