First, it meant the non-major-league-affiliated leagues equaled the record set one year ago when 45 players who have worn one or more Indy league uniforms have been in the major leagues this season.
But Wilkerson started his professional career in an Indy league, a feat only shared by three active big-leaguers (James Paxton, Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer along with Stephen Drew and Daniel Nava, both currently on disabled lists).
The right-hander has worked twice for manager Craig Counsell so far, a two-strikeout inning in relief and a start. He has allowed four hits and three runs in 3.1 innings with more work possible yet this week.
Wilkerson is the 46th player to start in an Independent League and make it all the way to the majors, according to records maintained by IndyBaseballChatter.com. Thirty-three of them are pitchers.