Konnor Pilkington

Konnor Chase Pilkington (born September 12, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Konnor Pilkington
Chicago White Sox
Pitcher
Born: (1997-09-12) September 12, 1997 (age 22)
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Bats: Left Throws: Left

CareerEdit

Pilkington attended East Central High School in Moss Point, Mississippi. During his high school career he went 25-7 with an ERA of 1.70 & totaled 307 strikeouts with opponent batting average .144.[1] In June 2014, at the age of 16, he committed to Mississippi State University to play college baseball.[2]

As a freshman at Mississippi State in 2016, Pilkington went 3-1 with a 2.08 earned run average (ERA) with 42 strikeouts while appearing in 14 games (11 starts).[3] After the season, he pitched in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Brewster Whitecaps with whom he posted a 2-1 record in 39.1 innings while finishing the league 3rd overall with a 1.37 ERA and earning a spot on the CCBL 2016 Year-End All-League Team.[4][5] In 2017, as a sophomore, Pilkington started a team high 17 games, going 8-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 108 innings.[6] He was invited to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer where he pitched against Cuba, Japan and the Chinese Taipei teams while collecting a 2.65 ERA in five appearances. [7] As a junior in 2018, Pilkington was named a Preseason All-American 2nd Team by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, and Perfect Game and a Third Team Preseason All-American by D1 Baseball.[8] Pilkington was the Friday night starter for MSU.[9] He finished the 2018 season with a 3-6 record and a 4.47 ERA in 18 starts.[10]

Pilkington was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 2018 MLB draft,[11] and he signed for $650,000.[12] He made his professional debut with the Arizona League White Sox and was later promoted to the Great Falls Voyagers. In eight games (seven starts) between the two clubs, he was 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA.[13] Pilkington began 2019 with the Kannapolis Intimidators in their starting rotation.[14] After going 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA in six starts, Pilkington was promoted to the Winston-Salem Dash,[15] with whom he finished the year. Over 19 starts with the Dash, Pilkington went 4-9 with a 4.99 ERA, striking out 96 over ​95 23 innings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ url=http://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/konnor-pilkington/D2WOY_TrEeKZ5AAmVebBJg/gendersport/baseball-stats.htm
  2. ^ Magee, Patrick (June 14, 2014). "East Central's Pilkington commits to MSU". Sun Herald.
  3. ^ url=https://msstate_ftp.sidearmsports.com/stats/bb/2016/teamstat.htm
  4. ^ "Konnor Pilkington - Cape Code Baseball League". Pointstreak Sports Technologies. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Ochs, Patrick (September 2, 2016). "Former Coast baseball player's summer on Cape 'nothing short of phenomenal'". Sun Herald.
  6. ^ "Konnor Pilkington". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Konnor Pilkington Receives Fourth Preseason All-America Honor". Mississippi State Athletics. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Pilkington receives another preseason honor with baseball Bulldogs". Starkville Daily News. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "MLB.com 2018 Prospect Watch". Major League Baseball.
  10. ^ Hudgison, Chris (August 23, 2019). "Mississippi State pitcher Konnor Pilkington signs with White Sox". WLBT.com.
  11. ^ Price, Satchel (June 5, 2018). "White Sox select Konnor Pilkington with third-round pick in 2018 MLB Draft". Chicago Sun-Times.
  12. ^ http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/38524000/mississippi-state-pitcher-konnor-pilkington-signs-with-white-sox
  13. ^ "Konnor Pilkington Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  14. ^ Santaromita, Dan (April 4, 2019). "Where the top White Sox prospects are starting the 2019 minor league season". NBC Sports Chicago.
  15. ^ Gregor, Scot (May 11, 2019). "Pilkington looking like future piece for Chicago White Sox's rotation". Daily Herald. Retrieved June 3, 2019.

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