Adam Wilk

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Adam Wilk
Adam Wilk on May 7, 2017 (cropped).jpg
Wilk with the New York Mets
Free agent
Born: (1987-12-09) December 9, 1987 (age 31)
Anaheim, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
MLB: May 26, 2011, for the Detroit Tigers
KBO: April 2, 2013, for the NC Dinos
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record0–5
Earned run average7.36
KBO statistics
Win-loss record4-8
Earned run average4.12

Adam Robert Wilk (born December 9, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles of Anaheim, New York Mets, and Minnesota Twins as well as in the KBO League with the NC Dinos.


Wilk with the Tigers in 2012

Wilk graduated from Cypress High School in Cypress, California,[1] then attended Long Beach State, and in 2007 played for the Newport Gulls of the NECBL. He still holds the team records for lowest opponent batting average (.153) and fewest hits allowed (25).[2]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

The Detroit Tigers called Wilk up to the majors for the first time on May 24, 2011 when Phil Coke was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his right foot.[3]

On May 26, 2011, Wilk made his major league debut against the Boston Red Sox, relieving Max Scherzer in the middle of the third inning. He pitched 3.2 innings, gave up one unearned run, struck out four batters, two hits, and one walk.[4]

On May 28, 2011, Wilk was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room for recently acquired David Purcey.[5]

NC Dinos[edit]

On December 19, 2012, Wilk's contact was sold by the Tigers to the Korean NC Dinos.[6] He signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 18, 2013.[7]

Los Angeles Angels[edit]

Wilk signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on December 5, 2014.[8] He was designated for assignment on July 25, 2015.[9]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

The Tampa Bay Rays signed Wilk to a minor league contract on January 19, 2016.[10] Wilk spent the 2016 season pitching for the Durham Bulls. He entered free agency on November 7, 2016.

New York Mets[edit]

On January 12, 2017, Wilk signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and was invited to spring training.[11] He was called up to the Mets on May 7,[12] and designated for assignment on May 8.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

The Minnesota Twins claimed Wilk on waivers on May 10, 2017.[13] He was designated for assignment on May 27, 2017,[14] and outrighted to Triple-A two days later. On June 18, Wilk was again designated for assignment. He was released four days later.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On January 20, 2018, Wilk signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. [15] He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Wilk was noted for his community involvement while with the Toledo Mud Hens. In the 2012–2013 offseason, he began his own non-profit organization, the Adam Wilk Foundation. His dad passed away when he was very young, and his mother is an English teacher at Jordan High School in Long Beach, Ca. Disparate of his fathers passing he studied his whole way to carry his fathers name. He is the older brother of 2. [17]


  1. ^ Fletcher, Jeff (March 17, 2015). "After detour to South Korea, former Cypress star Wilk happy to be home with Angels". Orange County Register. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  2. ^ Lima, Nick (June 1, 2014). "Newport Gulls Record Book". Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Coke placed on DL, Wilk's contract purchased from Toledo". May 24, 2011. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Vannini, Chris (May 26, 2011). "Tigers held in check after Scherzer struggles". Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  5. ^ Iott, Chris (May 28, 2011). "Tigers send Adam Wilk to Triple-A Toledo to make room for David Purcey". The Ann Arbor News. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Iott, Chris (December 19, 2012). "Adam Wilk looks forward to pitching in Korea, is open to return to Detroit Tigers in future". Booth Newspapers. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  7. ^ "Pirates sign seven Minor League free agents". December 18, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  8. ^ DiGiovanni, Mike (December 5, 2014). "Garrett Richards cleared to throw again; Angels sign two left-handers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Angels acquire Conor Gillaspie from White Sox". July 25, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "Rays sign pair of left-handed pitchers to minor league deals". Associated Press. January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  11. ^ Trezza, Joe (January 12, 2017). "Mets sign left-handed Adam Wilk". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
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  13. ^ Adams, Steve (May 10, 2017). "Twins Claim Adam Wilk From Mets". Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "Twins Designate Adam Wilk". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
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  16. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  17. ^ Keisser, Bob (January 28, 2013). "Adam Wilk's popular act heads overseas". Press Telegram. Retrieved January 20, 2016.

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