When the Lowell Spinners arrived Friday morning in Vermont, Shannon Wilkerson received word to keep his bags packed.
After a months stay in short-season ball, the 21-year-old former Augusta State outfielder earned a promotion. Wilkerson spent all day Friday traveling to Augusta to meet up with his new team, Class A Greenville. The Drive are in town for a three-game set, which began Friday, against the GreenJackets.
Hes excited because he gets to come there and play, said Kim Wilkerson, Shannons mother, who added the family is prepared to make the short drive today from Dacula, Ga., to the Garden City.
Wilkerson, the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Player of the Year, was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June. Soon after, Wilkerson signed with Boston and was sent to the Spinners, a Class A short-season squad.
In 31 games at Lowell, Wilkerson hit .264 with 10 doubles, five triples and five stolen bases and 11 RBI. Kim Wilkerson said her son expected to move up to Greenville in 2010 .
He had no clue, she said. When he found out, he was so excited.
Wilkerson racked up a multitude of postseason awards after this past season with the Jaguars. He was named the Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year after not committing an error in 146 chances. Wilkerson also was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Player of the Year as well as Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year.