On May 24, 1941, Robert Zimmerman was born, though most know him best as Bob Dylan.
Rolling Stone, certainly aptly titled, just published their list of Bob Dylan’s 100 best songs. I disagree with their fifth choice, as I believe that really became Jimi Hendrix’s song. One day, maybe, I’ll list my own rankings.
What does any of this have to do with the Colorado Sky Sox? Nothing, but I wanted to wish my favorite artist, Bob Dylan, a happy 75th birthday.
And while it’s not this player’s birthday, nor is he, likely, a Bob Dylan fan, today’s Colorado Springs Spotlight is on Andy Wilkins.
Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round in 2007 out of high school, he chose not to sign and instead went on to play with Arkansas Razorbacks. While at Arkansas, he lead the team to the College World Series in 2009.
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In 2010, Andy Wilkins was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 5th round. He enjoyed early success and by 2013, he was already playing for their AAA affiliate, the Charlotte Knights.
In 2014, he enjoyed the best season of his career. Andy Wilkins batted .293/.338/.558 with 30 HR and 85 RBI for the Charlotte Knights. This success prompted a call-up with the Chicago White Sox. But he struggled at the major league level. In 43 AB’s, he had only two hits, two RBI’s, and struck out 22 times.
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In March of 2015, he was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. He ended up only playing in just 21 games for their AAA affiliate before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. But in September of 2015, he was designated for assignment. Andy Wilkins would then be claimed this past winter by three teams: Baltimore, Seattle, and Texas, before being claimed on waivers on December 23, 2015 by the Milwaukee Brewers.
For the Colorado Spring Sky Sox this year, Andy Wilkins has posted respectable numbers: a .248/.313/.450 line with five HR’s and 15 RBI’s. In a lot of ways, he and Chris Carter are very similar players and when/if Chris Carter is traded from the Milwaukee Brewers, they have a left handed version of him waiting in the minors.