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2015 Dodgers review: Andy Wilkins

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Andy Wilkins hit .249/.307/.472 with 18 home runs and 25 doubles in 105 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2015.
Andy Wilkins hit .249/.307/.472 with 18 home runs and 25 doubles in 105 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2015.
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Left-handed slugger Andy Wilkins provided organizational depth for the Dodgers for four months in 2015. Here's a look back at his season.

What went right

Wilkins, who led the International League in 2014 with 30 home runs for Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox system, was second on Triple-A Oklahoma City with 18 home runs in 2015 in just 105 games, hitting .249/.307/.472 with 25 doubles for OKC.

Wilkins was acquired from the Blue Jays for cash considerations on May 3, one of five different in-season trades the Dodgers made with Toronto in 2015.

Whatever happens with Wilkins going forward, he will always be a trivial part of Dodgers lore, as the person who was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Corey Seager, on Sept. 3.

What went wrong

Wilkins never did get the call-up to the Dodgers, though it wasn't for lack of effort. He started 11 games at third base, nine in left field and once in right field in addition to his 64 start at first base. But being something other than second on the depth chart when Adrian Gonzalez is the major league first baseman is akin to Maytag repairman status.

Gonzalez has been so durable for a decade, so much that even in a relatively restful year like 2015 he still played in 156 games and made 145 starts at first base.

With Oklahoma City, the left-handed Wilkins only hit .229/.298/.465 in 283 plate appearances against right-handed pitching. He was better against lefties, hitting .291/.326/.487 with OKC.

2015 particulars

Age: 26

Stats: Did not play for Dodgers; .249/.307/.472, 18 HR, 25 doubles in 105 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City

Salary: n/a

Game of the year

On Sept. 2 against the Iowa Cubs, Wilkins' final game with Oklahoma City, he went out with the bang, with two home runs, a three-run shot in the first inning and a solo shot in the fourth in OKC's 11-3 rout.

Roster status

Three days after getting designated for assignment by the Dodgers, Wilkins was claimed off waivers by the Orioles. He remains on Baltimore's 40-man roster, old friend status secured.