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August 1, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Shannon Wilkerson promoted to Greenville


Outfielder Shannon Wilkerson, the Red Sox' 8th-round selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft, has been promoted to Greenville. In 31 games with the Lowell Spinners, Wilkerson hit .264/.308/.424, including a team-high 5 triples. Wilkerson was also second on the Spinners with 10 doubles, and had drawn raves for his defense in the outfield, mostly in right.

Wilkerson was named the Division II Player of the Year by the NCBWA and ABCA this spring after his junior season at Augusta (Ga.) State. The speedy Wilkerson led the Peach Belt Conference with a .441 batting average, .891 slugging percentage, 82 runs scored, 101 hits, 24 home runs, and 7 triples this year, and he was also named to the Rawlings/ABCA National Gold Glove team after going errorless in 146 chances.

Wilkerson will take the roster spot vacated by pitcher Nick Hagadone, who was traded to Cleveland on Friday as part of the trade that brought catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez to Boston. His spot in Lowell will be filled by the recently-signed Alex Hassan, who will likely fill Wilkerson's role as a starting outfielder.