2017 REPORT CARDS: AARON WILKERSON

We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season.  We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.

AARON WILKERSON – RHP

THE NUMBERS:  A September call-up who made his MLB debut on September 15th, Wilkerson appeared in three games for the Brewers in 2017, starting two of them.  He went 1-0 with a 3.48 earned run average, allowing four runs on six hits in 10.1 innings while striking out seven.

SEASON REVIEW:  Acquired from the Red Sox along with infielder Wendell Rijo in a 2016 trade that sent veteran infielder Aaron Hill to Boston, Wilkerson spent the bulk of the 2017 season pitching at Double-A Biloxi, where he went 11-4 with a 3.16 earned run average and was selected to the Southern League’s All-Star team.

With a low-90’s fastball mixed with a couple of different breaking balls and a changeup, Wilkerson earned a call to Milwaukee, joining the team in September.  He saw action in three games down the stretch and pitched well.  He made a pair of starts and held opposing hitters to a .167 batting average in limited action.

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GAME OF THE YEAR:  The Brewers gave Wilkerson the final start of the 2018 season and he responded in a big way, throwing five perfect innings before finally giving up a hit in the sixth.  He wound up going seven innings, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out five, as the Brewers rolled over the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 6-1.

OVERALL GRADE: Incomplete

OUTLOOK FOR 2018:  Wilkerson could be a darkhorse for one of the spots at the back end of Milwaukee’s rotation heading into 2018.  He doesn’t have much left to prove in the minors, as he toyed with hitters in Double-A and the team would like to keep him away from Colorado Springs if at all possible.  He has limited experience as a reliever, but could be asked to pitch out of the bullpen if he doesn’t crack the rotation.