|John Wilkes 28
Walk-on who adds depth to the Saints outfield...Skilled at the plate with above-average bat speed...Solid defensive centerfielder...Provided energy in reserve role last season...Good base-runner with above average speed...Played soccer at Siena before walking on the baseball team.
AS A JUNIOR: Started in 11 of the 32 games in which he appeared, batting .128...By the end of the season, he accumulated six hits, including a double, a triple, and a homerun, while knocking in three RBI's...Went 2-for-4 in third game against Marist (5/16)...Hit first career homerun in second game of the LeMoyne series (5/19)...Went 1-for-3 with a double against nationally ranked Central Florida (3/5).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started 19 games and appeared in 35...Batted .250 with 10 RBI and was a perfect 3-for-3 on the basepaths...Keyed sweep of Fairfield (4/17) with 4-for-4 performance at the plate in series opener...Went 2-for-3 in midweek tussle at Quinnipiac.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 11 games making one start...Scored two runs and collected an RBI in 10 plate appearances.
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Selected First Team All-Western Massachusetts in baseball, basketball and soccer as junior and senior...Selected Western Massachusetts Player of the Year in soccer as a senior and named to the All-State team...
ROSSI ON WILKES: "John has a team-first mentality and has stepped in to fill some major roles in his first few years with the program. As a senior, we will look for him to set an example for our younger players and continue being a versatile option on offense and defense."
STRENGTHS...Work Ethic, Bat Control