Served as a backup catcher for most of the 2017 season, but became the starter with the late-season injury to Chris Williams … continued his hot hitting from 2017 and was one of the team’s best hitters as the everyday catcher in 2018 … a career .307 hitter with a .413 on-base percentage in 86 games (78 starts) over two seasons … has 11 doubles, a triple, five homers, 45 RBIs, 40 runs, 45 walks, five hit-by-pitches and two steals … two-time Clemson Regional All-Tournament selection.
2018: Third-Team All-ACC selection … won the Tiger Baseball Award, given to the team’s best leader … hit .324 with 35 runs, 10 doubles, five homers, 40 RBIs, a .440 slugging percentage, .422 on-base percentage, 34 walks, five hit-by-pitches, four sacrifice bunts and two steals in 62 games (60 starts at catcher) … led the team in batting average and multiple-hit games (22) … tied for the team lead in two-out RBIs (26) … allowed only 26 steals in 42 attempts … made at least one start at every spot in the batting order except leadoff … hit a team-high .368 with a .479 on-base percentage with runners on base … hit a team-high .397 with a .506 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position … hit a team-high .484 with runners in scoring position and two outs … hit a team-high .392 with two outs … had 10 multiple-RBI games … hit a team-high .396 in 28 night games … hit .522 with four homers, three doubles, 16 RBIs, nine runs, a 1.174 slugging percentage and .656 on-base percentage in seven postseason games … ended the season on a 39-game on-base streak from March to May … ended the season on a 29-game hitting streak from April to May, the fourth longest in Tiger history; was 49-for-117 (.419) with four homers, six doubles, 25 RBIs and a .496 on-base percentage; before his hitting streak, he was hitting .212, therefore he raised his batting average 112 points … Clemson Regional All-Tournament selection after going 7-for-16 with a homer, double, five RBIs, two runs and a steal in four games … went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a walkoff single in the 10th inning against Winthrop on Feb. 27 … went 2-for-4 with two RBIs against No. 23 South Carolina at Greenville, S.C., on March 3 … went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs at No. 11 Louisville on March 23 … went 3-for-5 with three RBIs against Boston College on March 30 … went 1-for-3 with his first career homer, two runs and a walk in the first game of a doubleheader at Notre Dame on April 8 … went 2-for-3 with two runs and a hit-by-pitch in the second game of a doubleheader against Miami (Fla.) on April 14 … went 3-for-5 with an RBI at Wake Forest on April 20 … hit a go-ahead, run-scoring double in the eighth inning at Wake Forest on April 21 … went 2-for-5 with a homer, double, three RBIs and two runs at Wake Forest on April 22 … went 2-for-4 with a homer, walk and steal against Kennesaw State on April 24 … went 2-for-2 with a homer, three RBIs, two runs, two walks and a hit-by-pitch against Presbyterian College on April 25 … went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs against Western Carolina on May 9 … went 3-for-4 against Austin Peay on May 11 … went 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs and a walk against Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament on May 23 … went 2-for-5 with a game-tying, two-run double in the sixth inning against No. 20 St. John’s in the Clemson Regional on June 3 … went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and walk against Vanderbilt in the Clemson Regional on June 3.
2017: ACC Academic Honor Roll member … hit .235 with five runs, a double, triple, five RBIs, a .371 on-base percentage and 11 walks in 24 games (18 starts at catcher) … tied for the team lead in sacrifice bunts (5) … hit .333 against righthanders … was 4-for-12 with four walks as the leadoff batter of an inning … Clemson Regional All-Tournament selection after going 5-for-13 with a double, an RBI, two runs, three walks and a .500 on-base percentage in five games … went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple against Nevada on May 8 … had three walks and two runs at NC State on May 20 … went 1-for-3 with a walk and threw out all three basestealers at second base … went 3-for-3 with two runs against UNC Greensboro in the Clemson Regional on June 4 … went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk against Vanderbilt in the Clemson Regional on June 4 … No. 102 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by Perfect Game … played for Martinsville in the Coastal Plain League in the summer, where he hit .259 with 15 runs, five doubles, 14 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage in 31 games (25 starts).
Before Clemson: Two-time all-state in baseball and all-state in football … top-500 player in the nation by Perfect Game … three-year starting quarterback at Creekview High School; was 527-948 passing for 7,183 yards and 60 touchdowns along with 794 yards and 18 touchdowns on 297 carries in his career … lettered four times in baseball and four times in football at Creekview High School, where he was coached by Mike Nayman.
Personal: Majoring in sports communication … born Kyle Edwin Wilkie on Oct. 20, 1997 in Canton, Ga.