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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Willie Wilkerson, Home State - 29

Willie Wilkerson returned to the field in 1995 and he did so for a team in his home state.

Wilkerson played 13 games for the independent Mobile Baysharks that year. He went 11 for 32.

He went on to play for another independent team that year - five seasons after his initial campaign as a pro. Those two seasons proved to be the extent of his career.

Wilkerson's pro career began in 1990, signed by the Mariners as an undrafted free agent out of Jefferson Davis Community College.

Before attending college, Wilkerson hit two home runs in the high school state playoffs. At Jefferson Davis, Wilkerson earned All-American honors.

Wilkerson played his one season with the Mariners at short-season Bellingham. He got into 47 games and played mostly at second base. He hit .243, with 10 RBI and five stolen bases.

He didn't return for a second season with the Mariners. Instead, he returned for 1995.

He played briefly for Mobile and played out the year at independent Tennessee in the Big South League. He hit .305 at Tennessee, with four home runs and 26 RBI to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,785
Made the Majors:1,060-38.1%
Never Made Majors:1,725-61.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 442
10+ Seasons in the Minors:265

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