Baseball's Josh Wilkie Signs Free Agent Contract With the Washington Nationals Organization
June 20, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC -- George Washington University senior RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA) has signed a free agent contract with the Washington Nationals organization June 14, the former Colonial confirmed Monday.
Wilkie is currently in Florida's Gulf Coast (Rookie) League playing for the GCL Nationals in Melbourne, FL.
"I met [Nationals rightfielder] Jose Guillen through mutual friends," Wilkie said. "We got to talking and a couple days later he arranged a pitching session with the head pitching coach for the Nationals at RFK stadium. Jose was a man of his word and I totally respect him for that. I owe it all to Jose and my two friends for their help in advancing my career as a baseball player by just giving me a chance to show my stuff and get signed."
In Wilkie's last outing for GW, he tossed a complete game three-hitter to lead the sixth-seeded Colonials to a 3-1 victory against fourth-seeded Charlotte in the Atlantic 10 Baseball Tournament on May 24. It marked Wilkie's 25th career victory which moved him into third all-time at GW and his five strikeouts propelled him into second on GW's all-time strikeout list. Wilkie posted a 5-5 record with a 2.67 ERA and three complete games in 14 appearances in 2006. He struck out a team-high 97 batters in 97.2 innings of work.
GW finished the 2006 season with a record of 25-34 overall, 13-12 in the A-10. The Colonials posted a 3-2 record in the Atlantic 10 Baseball Tournament and ousted three teams including top-seeded Rhode Island before falling to runner-up St. Bonaventure.