Stevie Wilkerson

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Stevie Wilkerson
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Wilkerson in 2018
Baltimore Orioles
Utility player
Born: (1992-01-11) January 11, 1992 (age 28)
Roswell, Georgia
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 20, 2018, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.219
Home runs10
Runs batted in38
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Stephen Beaty Wilkerson (born January 11, 1992) is an American professional baseball utility player for the Baltimore Orioles organization. On July 25, 2019, he became the first MLB position player to ever record a save.[1]

Career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Wilkerson graduated from Alan C. Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia in 2010, where he had been a member of both the baseball and football teams. He was drafted in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox, but did not sign and instead enrolled at Clemson University where he played college baseball for the Clemson Tigers and completed a degree in communication studies.[2] He played for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summers of both 2012 and 2013.[3][4] As a senior, he hit .317 with six home runs and 42 RBIs in 56 games.[5] After his senior year, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB draft.[6]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Wilkerson signed with the Orioles and made his professional debut that same year with the Aberdeen IronBirds. In 60 games, he batted .190 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. In 2015, he played for the Delmarva Shorebirds where he slashed .287/.376/.371 with two home runs and 30 RBIs in 92 games, and in 2016, he spent the majority of the season with the Frederick Keys where he hit .251 with four home runs and 36 RBIs in 114 games. He also played in three games for the Bowie Baysox in mid-July. Wilkerson spent 2017 with both Frederick and Bowie, batting a combined .305/.375/.423 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs in 112 total games between both clubs.[7] After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League in 2017.[8] There, he batted .317 and was named to the AFL Top Prospects Team.[9]

On December 12, 2017, Wilkerson was suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamine.[10] After serving his suspension, he was assigned to the Norfolk Tides.

Wilkerson was called up to the majors for the first time on June 19, 2018. He made his major league debut on June 20, entering the game to play third base in the ninth inning.

Wilkerson began 2019 with Norfolk after being designated for assignment when Pedro Severino was claimed off waivers on March 23 and outrighted five days later on March 28.[11][12] He returned to the Orioles' 40-man roster when his contract was selected on April 22 but was optioned back to the Tides six weeks later on June 2 after batting .235/.283/.412 with six doubles, five home runs and 14 RBIs in 35 games.[13][14] He was promoted for a second time four days later on June 6 to replace an injured DJ Stewart.[15] He became the first-ever MLB position player to record a save in a 16-inning 10–8 away victory over the Los Angeles Angels that was played on July 25, 2019 but spilled into the early hours overnight. He was the starting center fielder who had tied the contest at 4–4 with a 2-out RBI ground-rule double to right field off Ty Buttrey in the eighth inning. His pitching achievement ended a game that lasted six hours and 19 minutes and established at the time the second longest game in Orioles history.[16] He made a total of four relief pitching appearances during the campaign.[17] Primarily an infielder, he was a starting outfielder in 80 games including 58 in center, a position he had never played previously in his professional career and one the Orioles had trouble filling with a reliable starter.[18] He ended the 2019 season appearing in 117 games, hitting .225 with 10 home runs. He had the lowest batting average against left-handers of all major league batters with 100 or more at bats against them (.154).[19] Wilkerson was designated for assignment by the Orioles on January 31, 2020 and outrighted on February 5. Wilkerson was released by the Orioles on September 14, 2020.[20] He resigned with the Orioles organization on October 25, 2020.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orioles Outfielder Stevie Wilkerson Is First Position Player To Record Save". SI.com. Sports Illustrated. July 26, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Wilkerson Key to Tiger's Success". Mar 9, 2012. Retrieved Jul 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "#21 Steve Wilkerson - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "#10 Steve Wilkerson - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Information, Clemson Sports. "Former Tiger Wilkerson makes MLB debut". The Times and Democrat. Retrieved Jul 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Brown, Mark (Jun 6, 2014). "Orioles pick Clemson 2B Steve Wilkerson in 8th rd". Camden Chat. Retrieved Jul 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "Steve Wilkerson Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Meoli, Jon. "At Arizona Fall League, Orioles infielder Steve Wilkerson has chance to present himself as a prospect". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved Jul 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Fall League honors 23 on Top Prospects Team". MiLB.com. Retrieved Jul 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "Orioles' Wilkerson suspended 50 games". MiLB.com. Retrieved Jul 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "Baltimore Orioles claim Pedro Severino off waivers," The Associated Press (AP), Saturday, March 23, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019
  12. ^ Kubatko, Roch. "Wilkerson outrighted, Orioles down 3-0 (O’s lose 7-2)," Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Thursday, March 28, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019
  13. ^ Kubatko, Roch. "Orioles option Mullins and bring back Wilkerson," Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Monday, April 22, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019
  14. ^ Kubatko, Roch. "Orioles option Wilkerson and Wynns after 8-1 loss," Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Sunday, June 2, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019
  15. ^ Kubatko, Roch. "Orioles lineup reflects injuries and IL move (O’s down 4-3)," Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Thursday, June 6, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019
  16. ^ Trezza, Joe. "O's center fielder pitches 16th inning for the save," MLB.com, Friday, July 26, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019
  17. ^ Dubroff, Rich. "The 2019 Orioles season by the numbers; business executives added," BaltimoreBaseball.com., Thursday, October 3, 2019. Retrieved October 3, 2019
  18. ^ Dubroff, Rich. "Wilkerson’s versatility is the key to a 2020 return with the Orioles; Remembering Andy Etchebarren," BaltimoreBaseball.com., Monday, October 7, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019
  19. ^ "Splits Leaderboards". FanGraphs. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  20. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/09/orioles-announce-roster-moves.html
  21. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/10/orioles-to-re-sign-stevie-wilkerson.html

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