Wilkins Signs with White Sox

Andy Wilkins became the fourth Razorback to sign a pro contract this summer, agreeing to terms with Chicago on Wednesday.

FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas junior first baseman Andy Wilkins signed a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, officially ending his career with the Razorbacks.

Wilkins was assigned to the White Sox' rookie affiliate in Great Falls, Mont., on Thursday. He was selected by Chicago in the fifth round of last month's MLB Draft and had been the White Sox' second-highest unsigned pick.

Wilkins received a $195,000 signing bonus, according to Baseball America. Other details about the contract weren't immediately known.

Wilkins (6-2, 225) finishes as one of the most heralded power hitters in Razorback history. He is tied with Jeff King and teammate Brett Eibner for third on the school's all-time home run list with 42; tied for eighth with 165 career RBIs; and seventh with 112 career walks.

After playing for the USA collegiate national team last summer, Wilkins had an up-and-down junior season, playing most of the year with an injured hamstring suffered in late March. He finished the season batting .281 with 15 home runs, 69 RBIs and a team-best 44 walks. Prior to the injury he had started 95 consecutive games.

Wilkins is the fourth member of Arkansas' 2010 roster to sign a professional contract this summer along with former teammates Jeremy Heatley (Florida Marlins), Mike Bolsinger (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Jordan Pratt (Detroit Tigers). Heatley and Bolsinger are currently playing for their organizations' rookie teams while Pratt was promoted to the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps last weekend.

At least three more players - Eibner (Kansas City Royals), Zack Cox (St. Louis Cardinals) and Drew Smyly (Detroit Tigers) - are expected to sign pro contracts before the Aug. 16 deadline for underclassmen.

Collin Kuhn, a 15th round selection by the Tigers, is also in contract negotiations. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said last month Kuhn was the most likely of the school's eight drafted players to return next year.

Kuhn, a redshirt sophomore outfielder, began playing for the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods Summer League on July 1 and is the only of the unsigned Razorbacks currently playing summer ball.

Arkansas finished 43-21 in 2010 and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round.

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