Acquired: Via trade from the Red Sox on July 7, 2016, along with 2B Wendell Rijo, for 3B Aaron Hill (MIL). Originally signed as an undrafted free agent on July 18, 2014 (BOS).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|11-4 with a 3.16 ERA in 24 starts including two shutouts at Biloxi (Double-A), striking out 143 while walking 36 in 142 1/3 innings and allowing 117 hits for a .228 BAA.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Colorado Springs on September 15 when rosters expanded. INF Yadiel Rivera was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 09/15/17
|September 15, in a 10-2 win against the Marlins. The last of eight pitchers on the night, he tossed one perfect inning, striking out two. Of 12 pitches thrown, eight were for strikes. Coming on to start the top of the ninth inning for right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak, he struck out J.T. Realmuto swinging, got Justin Bour to fly out to right, and struck out Brian Anderson swinging.|
|Wilkerson went undrafted out of Cumberland University and, as a result, spent his first several years pursuing his dream in the independent leagues, putting in time at Florence (Frontier League), Fort Worth (United League) and Grand Prairie (American Association) before the Red Sox inked him in the summer of 2014. Since then he's limited MiLB hitters to a combined .224 BAA and posted a 3.16 ERA. After posting a 5-1 record and 1.62 ERA in eight starts at Lowell (Short-Season A) in his 2014 affiliated debut, limiting hitters to a .183 BAA and walking 11 while striking out 54 in 50 innings, he zoomed through Greenville (Class A), Salem (High A) and Portland (Double-A) in 2015, going 11-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 29 games, striking out 137 in 136 2/3 innings and walking 39 while allowing 107 hits for a .217 BAA. He combined to go 8-9 with a 3.73 ERA in 28 games between Portland, Pawtucket (Triple-A) and then Colorado Springs (Triple-A) in 2016, fanning 159 in 147 innings. In 2017, he actually spent the entire season at Biloxi but was added to the Colorado Springs roster at season's end, and was purchased from that team rather than Biloxi.|