CLEMSON, S.C. – Senior infielder Steve Wilkerson (Roswell, Ga.) and senior righthander Matt Campbell (Alpharetta, Ga.) were selected on the second day of the draft Friday. Wilkerson was chosen in the eighth round (No. 241 overall pick) by the Baltimore Orioles, while Campbell was selected in the ninth round (No. 279 overall pick) by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wilkerson and Campbell were the first Tiger seniors since 2006 to be drafted in a top-10 round after going undrafted as a junior.
Wilkerson, the first Tiger drafted by the Orioles since 2006 (Jason Berken), led or tied for the 2014 team lead in doubles (18), homers (6), RBIs (42), total bases (103) and slugging percentage (.502). He also hit .317 with eight steals on the season. The three-time Second-Team All-ACC selection had 216 hits, 47 doubles, six triples, 11 homers, 115 RBIs and 29 steals in 216 career games (185 starts) over four seasons.
Campbell, the first Tiger chosen by the Dodgers since 2011 (Jeff Schaus), had a 4-0 record, eight saves, an 0.84 ERA and a .144 opponents’ batting average along with 45 strikeouts in 32.0 innings pitched over 25 relief appearances in 2014. In 108.2 innings pitched over 78 relief appearances in his four-year career, he had a 7-3 record, 19 saves and a 2.73 ERA while allowing 66 hits (.175 opponents’ batting average) with 134 strikeouts. He is second in Tiger history in career hits per nine innings pitched (5.47), second in strikeouts per nine innings pitched (11.10), third in saves and tied for fourth in relief appearances.
Wilkerson and Campbell joined righthander Daniel Gossett (second-round pick) as top-10 selections in the 2014 draft. Clemson’s three top-10 picks tied for seventh-most in the nation.
The 2014 draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11-40.
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