Aaron Wilkerson Portland Sea Dogs |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 27
Born: May 24, 1989
Waco, TX
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: Contract purchased from Grand Prairie of the American Association and signed to a minor league deal  (July 2014)
College: Cumberland University
High School: Midway HS (TX)

Photo © Dave Letizi

Physical Description: Standard pitcher’s frame. Not overly physical, with no remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from the third base side of the rubber and comes over the top. Controlled, quick delivery. 1.10-1.15 seconds from the stretch. Brings arm back and down with a short stab and pronates wrist behind his body. Gets deception in his delivery by keeping the ball behind his body and head until late. Pitches downhill and repeats delivery.

Fastball: 88-90 mph. Tops out at 92 mph. Pitch will show run at times, cut at others. Struggles to locate arm side at times. Control is ahead of command. Throws strikes with the pitch. Hitters don’t pick up until late. Potential average offering.

Curveball: 73-75 mph. True 12-to-6 offering. Long break with depth through the zone. Solid feel for offering, but doesn’t always snap it off consistently and will roll to the plate. Does a good job keeping the pitch down in the zone. Potential average offering.

Changeup:  83-85 mph. Similar arm speed to fastball. Will occasionally show drop, but lacks movement for the most part. Fringe-average potential.

Slider: 82-84 mph. Slurvey offering that lacks bite and is inconsistent. Clearly behind other secondary offerings. Doesn’t consistently finish the pitch and leaves it up in the zone too much. Below-average potential.

Career Notes: Played in three different independent leagues in 2013 and 2014 before signing with the Red Sox when they had an open rotation spot in Lowell.

Summation: Projects as an organizational arm. Ceiling of an emergency major league arm. Lacks a true above-average pitch and has consistently been behind the age curve due to his late signing. Has strong pitchability and a decent four-pitch mix, but his stuff will be tested by Triple-A hitters. Unlikely to be a major league contributor, but has shown can handle Double-A, and with experience should settle in as a solid Triple-A contributor.  

 
   
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2013 Florence Fro Ind --- 24 0 0 --- 5.54 3 3 0 13.0 8 8 8 3 7 11 1.15 1.57 7.62
  2013 Grand Prairie AmAsc Ind --- 24 1 1 0.500 1.84 3 3 0 14.7 6 3 3 0 5 8 0.75 4.91 4.91
  2014 Grand Prairie AmAsc Ind --- 25 3 1 0.750 3.54 12 12 0 73.7 59 35 29 5 31 77 1.22 2.48 9.41
  2014 Lowell NYPL A Bos 25 5 1 0.833 1.62 8 8 0 50.0 32 11 9 3 11 54 0.86 4.91 9.72
  2015 Greenville SAL A Bos 26 0 0 ---  4.76 5 1 0 17.0 17 10 9 2 5 17 1.29 3.40 9.00
  2015 Salem Car A+ Bos 26 7 2 0.778 2.96 17 12 0 79.0 62 28 26 0 21 85 1.05 4.05 9.68
  2015 Portland East AA Bos 26 4 1 0.800 2.66 7 7 0 40.7 28 13 12 0 13 35 1.01 2.69 7.75
  2015 Scottsdale AFL Fall Bos 26 0 0 --- 7.71 2 2 0 7.0 10 6 6 0 5 4 2.14 0.80 5.14
  2016 Portland East AA Bos 27     stats                            
  2016 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 27     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
July 18, 2014 (Boston)
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: -
MLFA Eligible: November 2020
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2017
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2015):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2016): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2010 NAIA Second-Team All-American
2011 NAIA Pre-Season All-American
2011 NAIA First-Team All-American
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (August 17-23, 2015)
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (April 7-17, 2016)
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (May 2015)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 18-24, 2015)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 15-21, 2015)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 11-17, 2016)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 2-8, 2016)

 

  

 
 

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