Orioles Designate Stevie Wilkerson for Assignment

Claim Pitcher Travis Lakins

Big Bad Morning Show
February 04, 2020 - 9:58 am
Orioles outfielder Steve Wilkerson celebrates with Richie Martin

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By Austin Medina  

In order to make room for pitcher Travis Lakins, the Orioles designated outfielder Stevie Wilkerson for assignment. 

Wilkerson, 28, became a fan favorite in 2019 and appeared in 116 games for the Orioles. 

Even though he batted just .225 and provided a .286 on-base percentage, Wilkerson made some memorable moments in a mostly forgettable season. 

Last July, Wilkerson became the first position player in MLB history to record a save. He pitched a scoreless 16th inning against the Angels to secure the record. 

Wilkerson's versatility in the field came to light, as the primary infielder showed off his glove in 58 starts in centerfield. 

In the season finale against the Red Sox, Wilkerson made arguably the catch of the season. 

With prospect Austin Hays expected to become the everryday starter in center, the necessity for Wilkerson became less valuable. 

With Wilkerson DFA'd, the Orioles made room for pitcher Travis Lakins. 

Lakins, 25, produced a 3.26 ERA with Boston last season and enjoyed four appearances against the Orioles in 2019.