Shannon Wilkerson helps Chattanooga Lookouts to Southern League Finals
Upon joining the Revolution on May 22, outfielder Shannon Wilkerson quickly endeared himself to York with his hustle and defense, and it didn’t take long for the Minnesota Twins to notice as well. After the Twins purchased Wilkerson’s Atlantic League contract on July 9, the seven-year pro was assigned to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.
With a 4-1 road win over the Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays) on September 14 to win the best-of-five series 3-1, Wilkerson and Chattanooga advanced to the Southern League Championship where they’ll face the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers), also a best-of-five. Wilkerson carried Chattanooga in Game 3 to take control of the series, when he went 3-for-3, drove in two runs, and scored two runs in a 7-3 Lookouts victory. Both of his RBI came with two out, to take a 2-1 series lead.
With Chattanooga, Wilkerson actually out-performed his numbers in York in the first half of the season; he hit .256 with two home runs and 16 RBI, batting primarily in the lead-off spot for the Revolution, in 40 games. His on-base percentage during that time was .305 however, and he scored 20 runs and racked up 11 extra base hits, adding seven doubles and two triples. In Chattanooga, Wilkerson finished the season hitting .292 with a homer and 22 RBI in 49 games, and scored 30 runs while collecting five doubles and four triples, as the Lookouts primary lead-off man as well.
Chattanooga, one of the longest standing and flagship franchises of the Southern League are attempting to outlast the first-year Biloxi squad; it’s their first year in Mississippi after the Huntsville Stars franchise relocated there from Alabama following the end of last season. The Southern League Finals begin September 16, with Games 1 and 2 at Biloxi, before the remainder of the series shifts to Chattanooga for Games 3-5 if necessary.