NATS History: Brad Wilkerson & the Inaugural Season

 A LOOK BACK ON A FORMER NAT (& WHERE HE IS NOW)

Brad Wilkerson was a big part of the NATS inaugural season in 2005 (is also known as the “last Expo” and hit their last HR).  He holds a number of the “first” records from that one year with the team:

First ever NATS batter

     First NATS hit – in his first at bat

     First NATS grand slam

     First NATS cycle (he had a natural cycle with the Expos!)

Wilkerson made his debut with the Expos on July 12, 2001, and was second in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2002.  After the 2005 season with the NATS, he was traded to the Rangers where he played 2006-07, hitting 3 HRs in one game for the Rangers in 2007.  Wilkerson played for the Mariners and Blue Jays in 2008, and then retired.

Wilkerson’s 2005 NATS Stats:  

148 games

565 at bats

76 runs

140 hits

42 doubles

7 triples

11 HR

57 RBI

.248 BA

.351 OBP

.405 SLG

.756 OPS

84 BB

229 TB

147 SO

8 SB

10 CS

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Where is Brad now?

In 2014, Wilkerson began coaching at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach Florida, leading the team to a league championship in his first year.  He moved up to be the varsity coach in 2015, where he remains as of 2017.  Wilkerson also coaches for USA Baseball, and holds a charity golf tournament every year.

Best Regards to BRAD and his FAMILY in WPB!

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