WILKERSON, AARON

Position: Pitcher

DOB: May 24, 1989

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 190

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Red Sox (July 7, 2016)

Profile: Traded to Milwaukee from Boston in 2016 along with infielder Wendell Rijo in exchange for infielder Aaron Hill, Wilkerson is an independent league success story who signed with the Red Sox after two seasons of indy ball. Pitching collegiately at NAIA Cumberland University in Tennessee, Wilkerson tossed 54 straight scoreless innings but after undergoing Tommy John surgery as a senior, he went undrafted and found himself pitching in the independent leagues. After signing with Boston, he debuted with the Red Sox short-season club in the New York-Penn League in 2014. He saw action at three different levels in 2015, reaching Double-A Portland by season’s end. Wilkerson opened 2016 back at Double-A and received a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket in late May before being dealt to Milwaukee. With a low-90’s fastball to go along with a changeup and breaking ball, Wilkerson has racked up strikeouts at an impressive rate while also managing to limit his walks.

2014: After signing with the Red Sox, Wilkerson made his professional debut with Boston’s affiliate in the New York-Penn League in July of 2014. He made eight starts there and was dominant, going 5-1 with a 1.62 earned run average while striking out 54 batters over 50 innings of work.

2015: Wilkerson moved up to Class-A Greenville to start the 2015 season but quickly earned a promotion to High-A Salem after just five outings. He saw action in 17 games with Salem, starting 12 of them, and went 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA while striking out 85 over 79 innings of work. That earned Wilkerson a promotion to Double-A Portland in August, where he made seven more starts, going 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA.

2016: Returning to Double-A Portland to begin the 2016 season, Wilkerson started eight games, going 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket. He worked in nine games there, eight of which he started, and went 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA before being traded to Milwaukee. After joining the Brewers organiztion, Wilkerson joined Triple-A Colorado Springs, but struggled in a tough pitching environment, going 2-6 with a 6.42 ERA in 11 starts.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#47)