Feb 22, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Andy Wilkins (76) poses for a photo during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Who is this guy in Triple-A named Andy Wilkins, you might be saying? If you don’t know the name – Andy Wilkins – you might want to get to know it well, because he could be making his debut with the White Sox very soon.
Wilkins, who is not on the White Sox 40-man roster, was recently named to the postseason International League All-Star team as he’s listed as a first baseman, designated hitter and third baseman. My guess is the White Sox will be finding a place for the 25-year-old to play on this roster.
This MiLB season with the Charlotte Knights, Wilkins has a .294 batting average in 124 games, and here is a good number, White Sox fans … he has 29 home runs and 84 RBIs.
Those are very good numbers for the left-handed batter, as he has had 480 at-bats. In his 516 plate appearances, he has drawn 32 walks and struck out 90 times.
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Wilkins, a Tulsa (Okla.) native, was a fifth-round selection in ’10 by the White Sox and in his past 10 games (Aug. 17-26) is batting .231 with one home run and seven RBIs. Also in that span of games, Wilkins has nine hits and three walks.
Think about it … if the White Sox could add another power bat to put in-between Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu in the batting order in ’15 … that could be a very dangerous group of batters to face for not only the AL Central, but the entire MLB.
The question about Wilkins is can he hit MLB pitching?
Wilkins (6-1, 220) has never played at the MLB level, but if he can produce in the Majors … think of the possibilities. There is only one way to find out if he can hit at the highest level of baseball … call him up in September.
I would like to see Wilkins be one of the call-ups because I would like to see what he’s all about, but in the end he should become a name all White Sox fans should start learning and remember.