Wilk Uses Ordinary Stuff to Excel

If you looked at Adam Wilk you would be hard pressed to know that he was a minor league pitcher. Wilk, TigsTown's No. 47 prospect looks like your average everyday Joe. This too could be said of the stuff he possesses.

"I throw a four-seam and two-seam fastball, curveball, change-up, and a cutter," said Wilk.

Although the repertoire that he has is only slightly above average Wilk has managed to find a way to get hitters out.

He began the year in Class-A Lakeland making 24 starts. While there he put together a solid 9-5 record and 3.01 ERA. Wilk threw 143 2/3 innings for an average of 5.9 innings per start, while allowing only eight home runs.

He earned a late season call-up to Erie and surely made a strong first impression for the ‘Wolves. The crafty lefty threw eight shutout innings, allowing only one hit in his first Double-A start against the Akron Aeros.

There was more of the same when Wilk made his home debut against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The smaller Jerry Uht Park did not intimidate him.

"It's a much smaller park than Lakeland, but it's pretty fun pitching here," said Wilk.

Wilk has managed three strong starts for the ‘Wolves averaging 7.8 innings per start since being called up. In his 23 2/3 innings pitched in Erie he has allowed just three earned runs.

"It's great to have success," said Wilk. "I can attribute it to my work this year on keeping the ball down and getting ahead in the count."

Although it took Wilk until the end of the season to move up to Double-A he knows that the Tigers have the right plan for him.

"It's always a goal to move up a level, but you just let the organization decide what to do with you," said Wilk.

Thanks to the finish he had to the season Wilk has given the Tigers a decision to make on where to start him next season and what his future with the organization is. He may not be overpowering but he has shown a knack for getting hitters out. He is worth a quality start almost every time out.

"He knows how to pitch," said manager Phil Nevin. "He doesn't throw hard, but he moves the ball around."

"I've seen a lot of lefties with that stuff get guys out in the Major Leagues."

If Wilk continues on the path that he is on he could be a possible end of the rotation starter for the Tigers, until then he'll be content to moving up through the organization.


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