Las Vegas, Nevada —— Over the weekend in Las Vegas, Baseball Census observed New York Mets veteran left-handed minor league starting pitcher Adam Wilk pitch for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Las Vegas 51s against the visiting Albuquerque Isotopes.
In that start, Wilk allowed six earned runs to the Isotopes over five innings pitched, on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts while talking the loss—his second of the season. Now, entering play on Tuesday, Wilk is 2-2 with a 5.60 ERA in five starts with just four walks allowed against 22 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched.
Adam Wilk scouting report notes
Adam Wilk is exactly what you’d expect of a lefty nearing 30 pitching out his career in Triple-A; his command and control are both advanced at the point in his baseball life, and he has good feel for all his pitches in the strike zone and with two strikes. He knows how to set up hitters and he’s composed, efficient, and well-paced on the mound, always in control of his tempo and in control of the rhythm of the game itself.
He’s also in Triple-A, and not the big leagues, for a reason: his velocity and stuff aren’t overwhelming, and he’s imminently hittable. In the Pacific Coast League, that’s not a great trait to have. To that end, he’ll get tagged a bit this year in Las Vegas, but won’t likely compound those big innings with self-created mistakes (walks).
In his latest start over the weekend, Wilk sat 88-89 mph with his fastball, topping out once at 90 mph. The pitch has decent arm-side run to it at times, and left-handed hitters can struggle some with it when it’s on the inner half of the plate and moving inside, but for the most part it’s a hittable pitch that, if not down in the zone and well-located, can get tagged hard in most counts.
Wilk’s go-to off-speed pitch was a changeup that sat 80-82 mph, and it had a bit more life to it: some arm-side run and decent tumbling action, making it a potential ground ball machine and allowing the veteran lefty to keep right-handed batters honest in hitters’ counts. Wilk also flashed a curveball that was 79-81 mph, and functioned more as a get-over pitch than a late-biting strikeout offering that could consistently miss bats. He commands both off-speed pitches well enough in the strike zone, though, and has enough change-of-pace offerings, that he can survive even without a true swing-and-miss pitch.
Obviously, Wilk’s big league days may well be behind him, and it’d take quite a bit of an injury bug to hit the Mets for them to purchase his contract this year ahead of younger (and 40-man roster) options like Rafael Montero. That said, Wilk is consistent and experienced in this role, and ought to eke out a nice living for himself for a few more years as a Triple-A starter that just couldn’t quite stick in the big leagues.
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Adam Wilk scouting report: 140 characters or less
A soft-tossing lefty with feel and command for all his pitches, Adam Wilk is the stereotypical Triple-A veteran: consistent, but not flashy.
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