Slightly undersized frame. Sturdy lower half with remaining
projection in his upper body. Not that tall, looks heavier than
his listed weight of 167 pounds. Athleticism has slightly
decreased as he has physically matured.
Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Has
streamlined delivery over the course of the 2022 season. Does
not use a wind-up. Loose, quick arm. Rotational delivery. Medium
leg kick. Stiff arm action with a stab behind. Inconsistent
release point. Does not stay closed consistently and falls off
hard to the first base side.
93-96 mph. Tops out at 97 mph. Live arm. Will come out 95-96
mph, then settle in at 93-94 mph, topping out at 95 mph.
Fastball has shown bat-missing ability even in the zone. Good
carry. Will also throw a two-seam fastball in the lower end of
that velocity band. Has done a better job holding his velocity
deeper into starts in the second half of 2022–used to start
tailing off in the third or fourth inning. Command and control
are works in progress. Has flashed the ability to locate on
occasion. Really struggles to command to his arm side and will
yank the pitch to the glove side when his arm gets out ahead of
the rest of his delivery. Potential plus offering with refined
Changeup: 86-89 mph. Deceptive
arm speed. Flashes late, splitter-like drop where it falls off
the table. Has feel and confidence in the pitch. Will throw in
any count to hitters from both sides and will use it often as a
put-away pitch. Will telegraph on occasion by slowing delivery.
Pitch is somewhat inconsistent and at times will be on the firm
side. Potential above-average offering.
Curveball: 77-80 mph. Long, 11-to-5 break. On some
occasions, pitch will flash tight break and has an above-average
spin rate. A bit inconsistent at present, will not always get
over the pitch and finish it. Potential above-average offering.
Slider: Appears to
have scrapped the pitch in favor of the curveball. Was 84-88
mph. 10-to-4 shape with varying length. Had shown some ability
to spin, but was inconsistent. Needed a lot of refinement, but
would show flashes. Potential average offering.
Career Notes: Opening Day starter in the DSL in 2019.
Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020.
Had a breakout 2021 season with a strong showing in the FCL and
in Low-A, jumping from the back end of the SoxProspects rankings
into the top 15 by season's end. Participated in the Fall
Performance Program in 2021. Name was misspelled "Wilkelman"
from his signing until April 2022 due to its pronunciation.
Summation: Potential swingman capable of
starting or providing length out of the bullpen. Ceiling of a
mid-rotation starter. Wide-range of outcomes due to lack of
consistency and where he is in the development process.
Potential for three above-average-to-better pitches, but a long
way to go to get there and must significantly improve command
and control to reach his ceiling. Still learning how to pitch,
but is not as raw as some comparable arms age-wise in the
system. Has simplified his delivery, which had a lot of moving
parts, which should make it easier for him to keep his arm in
sync with the rest of his body. If command does not improve,
that, along with his size and delivery, could push him to a
short relief bullpen role.
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