LEBANON, Tenn. – Former Cumberland All-American pitcher Aaron Wilkerson received the call of a lifetime this week, earning a promotion to the Major Leagues, made official Friday with a transaction by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wilkerson becomes the second former Cumberland player to reach the Major Leagues, joining Luis Martinez.
The Fort Worth, Texas, native spent the entire 2017 regular season with the Biloxi [MS] Shuckers in Double-A in the Brewers organization, compiling an 11-4 mark with a 3.16 ERA in 24 starts with two complete games. He tossed 142.1 innings, striking out 143 with just 28 walks and opponents batted just .228 against the righthander.
Wilkerson worked seven hitless innings last week in a Pacific Coast League playoff game for Colorado Springs (Triple-A), walking one and striking out 11. He is 35-17 with a 3.16 ERA in 89 career professional regular season appearances, striking out 493 with 127 walks and a .224 opponent batting average.
Wilkerson lost his first career start for Cumberland in 2010 but then won his final 14 starts that season, including the first and last games of the NAIA World Series to help CU to its second national championship. He finished the year with a 2.13 ERA in 101.1 innings, leading the nation with 125 strikeouts and tossing 11 complete games en route to Second Team All-America and the NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team honors.
As a senior he set an NAIA record by tossing 54 consecutive scoreless innings from February 9 to April 8. Wilkerson posted a 12-0 mark with a 1.49 ERA, closing his college career by winning 26 straight decisions. He earned First Team All-America accolades that season.