Anibal Sanchez Re-signing Sends One Detroit Tiger pitcher to Korea

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“I was given a few shots, but with the depth of the Tigers’ starting rotation it was just very difficult and there were limited opportunities for anyone.”

Those were the parting words Detroit Tigers pitcher Adam Wilk had to say after being released by the team. Wilk, who has only played in eight MLB games will now head to Korea to pitch for at least one season. Wilk hopes that one season away will help improve his chances to make it into the majors. Wilk made my recent slideshow profiling Tigers prospects.

“This is not to say that the door to the Tigers is closed. In the future, there may always be opportunities to come back. Right now, I am taking this opportunity to the fullest and I will see where it takes me,” was what Wilk had to say about coming back to the team next year.

In 2011, Wilk pitched in five games as a reliever. Wilk posted an era of 5.40 and a whip of 1.28. Over 13.1 innings pitched, Wilk had 10 strikeouts and three walks. In the 2012 season, Wilk started in three games for the Tigers and posted a 0-3 record. Wilk had an era of 8.18 and whip of 2.18 over 11 innings pitched.

Wilk was drafted by the Tigers in the 11th round of the 2009 Draft. Wilk’s departure could open the door for a prospect like Casey Crosby, who was profiled in my top ten Tigers prospect slideshow. Crosby could be the first called up if a pitcher gets injured.

Wilk will pitch for the NC Dinos in Changwon next year. There are not many MLB pitchers in the Korean baseball leagues, so time will tell if Wilk’s game or chances to play for the Tigers improved.

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