The Orioles have released utilityman Stevie Wilkerson, the club informed reporters (including Rich Dubroff of Baltimore Baseball). He’d been with their Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk after being passed through outright waivers last month.
The move ends Wilkerson’s seven-year tenure in the O’s organization, which began when he was selected in the eighth round of the 2014 draft. Wilkerson reached the big leagues in 2018 and appeared in parts of three MLB seasons with Baltimore. Altogether, the switch-hitter tallied 486 plate appearances as an Oriole and put up a .210/.268/.340 line with ten home runs, with the bulk of that playing time coming in 2019.
Wilkerson’s calling card is his defensive versatility. The 29-year-old has started games at second and third base and in all three outfield positions. He’ll now hit the free agent market in search of a new organization, where teams looking to add to their position player depth could bring Wilkerson aboard via minor league contract.