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Nobody likes to be woken up from a good nap. But Will Wilson couldn't ignore his phone when it rang back on Dec. 10, 2019. 

Then only 21 years old, Wilson woke up to find out the Los Angeles Angels had traded him to the Giants, just six months after being taken in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft. 

"I was actually napping on my couch back in North Carolina on a Tuesday and a get a phone call from a guy with the Angels saying I'd been traded," Wilson said Tuesday on KNBR's "Papa & Lund." "It was Winter Meetings, so anything can happen. But still, right after you get drafted, that's the last thing you expect. 

"So I was completely shocked when it happened."

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The Giants essentially bought out Zach Cozart's $12 million contract to acquire Wilson, the No. 15 overall pick in last year's draft. They had their eyes on the former North Carolina State shortstop with the No. 10 pick before going with Arizona State center fielder Hunter Bishop. Now, they have both players in their farm system.

 

To make the times even more hectic, Wilson got married four days after the trade. Patrick Bailey, the Giants' top pick in the 2020 draft, was one of his groomsmen. In the last 13 months, Wilson has been drafted, traded, married, dealt with a pandemic and now is on the Giants' 60-man roster. That's a whirlwind. 

"This past year's been fun," he said with a laugh. 

Giants manager Gabe Kapler, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and general manager Scott Harris all called Wilson within an hour of the trade. Wilson said he felt wanted once he understood the details, and he couldn't be happier to be a Giant. 

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Fast forward to Tuesday night, and Wilson will be celebrating his 22nd birthday by wearing a Giants uniform on a major league field. Drafted as a middle infielder, Wilson will play the last four innings at third base against the A's at Oracle Park in the Giants' final exhibition game before opening the season Thursday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. 

Wilson will then join the Giants' Taxi Squad team in Sacramento. The Giants' front office clearly has high expectations of Wilson. He can play all around the infield, and he impressed in Summer Camp after making some changes to his swing. 

Sometimes answering your phone in the middle of a nap works out. Not always, not even usually. In this case, though, it brought a fresh start and possible long-term home for a talented prospect.