Former Revolution outfielder Shannon Wilkerson wins Double-A Championship with Chattanooga Lookouts
When the Minnesota Twins purchased the contract of Shannon Wilkerson from the York Revolution on July 9, it marked the first time a former Rev went to work for that organization. Upon his assignment to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League, each party took full advantage of the transaction, as the Lookouts won their first championship since 1988 on September 21, defeating the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers) 4-0 in the deciding Game 5 of the series.
Chattanooga rallied from a 2-1 series deficit, winning Games 4 and 5 at home to secure their first Southern League title in 27 seasons. Wilkerson, who immediately moved into an everyday role with his new club as their center fielder, batting either lead-off or ninth, was a big factor in the series going 7-for-19 (.368) with an RBI and a run. In nine postseason games, Wilkerson hit .303 with five RBI and five runs scored. To advance to the finals, Chattanooga dispatched the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays), in four games.
Hopefully Wilkerson has parlayed his strong finish to 2015 into an invite to big league camp with the Twins next spring training. (Batted .292, 22 RBI in 49 games with the Lookouts, primarily as the lead-off man.) Wilkerson has been in MLB camp before with the Red Sox, the organization which drafted him in 2009. He’s still striving to make his Major League debut; he’d be the ninth former Rev to reach the Majors after playing in York if he does so.