White Sox: Andy Wilkins gains first MLB hit
Aug 31, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Andy Wilkins (38) calls for a pop up during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Andy Wilkins, one of the September call-ups for the Chicago White Sox, gained his first MLB hit on Sunday, hitting a double to the corner of right field against the Cleveland Indians.
Here is a link to the double by Wilkins.
This was the fifth game Wilkins played in for the White Sox since being called up to the majors on Aug. 31 after the White Sox traded Adam Dunn to the Oakland Athletics.
Wilkins went 1-for-3 on Sunday, and is 1-for-15 overall in his MLB at-bats, with six strikeouts. The rookie first baseman has faced the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins and the Indians in his short time at the MLB level.
It was good to see Wilkins gain his first MLB hit, so now maybe he’ll relax at the plate now and hit like he did at the MiLB level with the Charlotte Knights this season in Triple-A.
With the Knights in 127 games (491 at-bats) Wilkins batted .293 with a team-high 30 home runs. He totaled 144 hits this season in Charlotte, including 38 doubles and one triple.
Wilkins also had 85 RBIs and walked 34 times.
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It won’t get any easier for Wilkins with him and the White Sox now hosting the Athletics for the next four days, so he’s going to see some really good pitching Monday-Thursday at US Cellular Field.
Scheduled to pitch against the White Sox from the A’s are Sonny Gray, Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir.
But facing the level of pitching will be good for WIlkins and the White Sox as he’ll see some of the better pitching the AL has to offer in this “tryout” of sorted for the ’15 season, and the White Sox will be able to evaluate to see if he can become a regular player on the roster for next season.