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Wilkerson's contract purchased by Red Sox

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM

The Boston Red Sox have purchased former Cumberland pitcher Aaron Wilkerson’s contract from the Grand Prairie [TX] AirHogs and assigned him to the Short Season Class A Lowell [MA] Spinners of the New York-Penn League.

The Spinners continued a series at the Batavia [NY] Muckdogs on Friday.

The Waco, Texas, native, garnered second team All-America honors in 2010 before posting a 12-0 record with a 1.49 earned-run-average in 90.1 innings of work in 2011, garnering first team All-America accolades.

The right-hander struck out 90 in 14 appearances with 13 starts and seven complete games, tossing three shutouts. Opponents batted just .179 against him. He ranked third nationally in victories, seventh in opponent batting average and hits allowed per nine innings (5.58), and ninth in ERA.

Wilkerson set a pair of NAIA records in 2011 as well, tossing 54 consecutive scoreless innings from Feb. 19-April 8. He also won 26 consecutive decisions to end his career, dropping his first start in 2010 and never losing again as Cumberland cruised to the national championship, winning the clincher over Lee. Wilkerson was just the second Bulldog to earn either first or second team All-America honors twice during his career.

The Spinners are the Class A short season affiliate of the Red Sox in the New York-Penn League and are managed by former major leaguer, and Nashville Sound, Joe Oliver.

Wilkerson pitched this season for the AirHogs in the independent American Association, compiling a 3-1 mark and a 3.54 ERA in 12 starts. He collected 77 strikeouts in 73.2 innings of work.

He made three starts with the AirHogs last season, going 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA. He also played with the Frontier League’s Florence Freedom and the United League’s Fort Worth Cats in 2013, combining for a 10-2 record with a 2.96 ERA between the three clubs.

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