Wilkerson on Tear in AFL

Akin and Gonzalez Continue Strong Mound Performances

By Frederick Keys | November 1, 2017 5:04 PM ET

Three members of the 2017 Frederick Keys continue to perform well with the Arizona Fall League's Salt River Rafters, while one ranks among the circuit's leaders in hitting and on-base percentage.


In 13 games with Salt River, Stevie Wilkerson is batting .347/.411/.592 with one home run, six RBIs, three triples and three doubles. Splitting time between second base and shortstop, the Georgia native is tied for the AFL lead in triples, is fourth in slugging percentage, fifth in on-base percentage and sixth in batting average. Five of Wilkerson's 13 contests have been multi-hit games.


On the mound, Keegan Akin continues to impress. Following his most recent relief appearance Tuesday (2 IP, 0R, 5 SO) the left-hander is now 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in six contests. Over 11.1 innings, he has surrendered only two runs on six hits to go with three walks and 12 strikeouts. Opponents are batting only .150 against him (6-for-40). The Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month in June, Akin was selected by Baltimore in the second round of the 2016 draft out of Western Michigan.


Luis Gonzalez also pitched in relief on Tuesday night and has worked 5.2 scoreless innings. He has walked one and struck out four and has given up just three hits in 20 at-bats (.150 BAA).


On Monday it was announced that two former Keys will play in the AFL's Fall Stars game on Saturday night at 8 p.m ET. This contest features some of Minor League Baseball's top prospects. Ryan Mountcastle and Tanner Scott will represent the Orioles organization. Scott made his MLB debut with the Orioles in 2017, while Mountcastle was the Carolina League's batting champion this year.


Planning for the Frederick Keys 30th anniversary season is already underway, while season ticket plans are currently on sale. Anyone who purchases a plan will have their choice of a Trey Mancini or Austin Hays bobblehead.


For a complete look at this year's home schedule fans can click here. A full promotional schedule will be announced at a later date. To follow the Keys all offseason, fans can visit frederickkeys.com.


This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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