Trading Card Friday: Brad Wilkerson

Brad Wilkerson

Selected by Montreal in the first round of the 1998 amateur draft, Brad Wilkerson would go on to have a solid eight-year Major League career for the Expos/ Nationals, Rangers, Mariners, and Blue Jays. After a breakout campaign in 2002, Wilkerson finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting to Colorado’s Jason Jennings.

The Owensboro, Kentucky native struggled in his first professional season in 1999 as a member of the Senators. In 138 games, Wilkerson collected only 99 hits on his way to an average of .235 while striking out 100 times. Wilkerson found himself back in Harrisburg to begin the 2000 season and the difference was night and day. He excelled, hitting .336 with 36 doubles (one off the single-season team record) in only 66 games before earning a promotion to Triple-A Ottawa.

Wilkerson was inducted into the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the 2012 class for his distinguished career at the University of Florida.

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