Pitchers & Catchers Have Reported…
Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training this past week — so baseball season must be near! Spring is in the air… or is it?
On Saturday, it snowed in Charlotte! Snow in the Carolinas? Are you kidding me?
I moved here from Pennsylvania just over a year ago, and this is my first snowfall here in South Carolina. I’m no stranger to snow, but come on, I don’t want to see snow! Let’s just say, I’m not a fan of snow!
On to baseball now…
Let’s take a look at another non-roster invitee in White Sox camp this spring:
Andy Wilkins — A native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Wilkins was a star in high school and was twice named to the Oklahoma All State Team. In 2007, Wilkins was selected in the 25th round of the draft by the Texas Rangers, but he decided to attend the University of Arkansas the following season instead.
That decision proved to be a good one, as Wilkins helped lead his school to the 2009 College World Series. Arkansas lost to LSU in the semifinals.
In 2010, Wilkins was drafted by the White Sox in the fifth round and he made his professional debut later that year with Great Falls (Rookie League). In 53 games, he hit .307 with six home runs and 40 RBIs. For his solid efforts, Wilkins was named to the Postseason All-Star Team.
A year later, the former Razorback standout had a break-out season with Single-A Winston Salem. In 134 games with the Dash, he hit .278 with 23 home runs and 89 RBIs. He was a Carolina League Player of the Week twice that season, and was both a Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star.
He spent the entire 2012 campaign with Double-A Birmingham. The left-handed-hitting first baseman posted a .239 batting average with 28 doubles, 17 home runs, and 69 RBIs over 116 games. His numbers were better on the road last year — compiling a .272 batting on the road, compared to a .201 mark at home. Perhaps the biggest difference was his home run total, which was 14 (road) and three (home).
Wilkins went on to the Arizona Fall League this offseason, and excelled at the plate. In 21 games (89 at-bats), Wilkins hit .270 (24-89) with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He homered in his first AFL game on October 9 and scored a run in his first five games. Wilkins also had an eight-game hit-streak from 10/17-10/29.
He enters the 2013 season ranked as the 12th-best player in the White Sox organization, by Baseball America.
More information on Wilkins – Andy Wilkins Player Page
It will be interesting to see where the talented first baseman will begin the 2013 campaign. Stay tuned!