Yankees hire Gator great Brad Wilkerson as assistant hitting coach

The New York Yankees included previous Gator Brad Wilkerson to its personnel as an assistant striking coach, according to a statement on Twitter Monday by the group’s PR department.

The previous Florida standout had actually been a baseball assistant with Jackson University because 2020 and likewise coached for Team U.S.A., making Volunteer Coach of the Year honors in 2014. He last played major league ball back in 2008 with the Toronto Blue Jays and tried a minors return in 2010 prior to hanging up his cleats for great.

A first-round choice at No. 33 in the 1998 MLB draft by the Montreal Expos, the previous outfielder/first baseman played parts of 8 big league seasons with the Expos (which ended up being the Washington Nationals throughout his period), Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and the Jays beginning in 2001, tallying 788 hits, 122 crowning achievement and a general .247/.350/.440 profession slash line. He ended up second in the Rookie of the Year vote in 2002.

Wilkerson was the 1998 National Player of the Year at Florida and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012 — the very first Gator to ever make that difference. During his 3 years in Gainesville, he tallied a .381 batting average, .714 punching portion, .531 on-base portion, in addition to 55 crowning achievement, 224 strolls, 214 runs batted in, 239 runs and 499 overall bases.

The 2023 MLB season begins for Wilkerson and the Yankees on March 30 versus the San Francisco Giants within the legendary Yankee Stadium. The very first pitch is set up for 1:05 p.m. EDT and can be viewed on MLB.tv.


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