When Was Konnor Pilkington Drafted?

American pitcher Konnor Chase Pilkington, born on September 12, 1997, plays for the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball.

In the third round of the 2018 amateur draft, the Chicago White Sox drafted Konnor Pilkington, who then started his professional career.
Warren Hughes, a scout, signed him.

When Was Konnor Pilkington Drafted?
When Was Konnor Pilkington Drafted?

He was a part of the USA College National Team while attending Mississippi State University. In spite of just pitching 14 innings between the AZL White Sox and Great Falls Voyagers in 2018, Pilkington was 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA in 8 games (7 starts).

In 25 starts with the Winston-Salem Dash and Kannapolis Intimidators in 2019, Pilkington went 5-9 with a 4.12 ERA. He struck out 138 batters while allowing just 114 hits over the course of 129 innings.

He was traded to the Cleveland Indians on July 29th in exchange for second baseman Cesar Hernandez. He had a 3-2 record with a 2.33 ERA in 8 games (7 starts) with the Akron RubberDucks to close off the season.

In the total, he had a record of 7-6, 3.04 in 22 games (21 starts), giving up just 61 hits and 39 walks (0.993 WHIP) while striking out 120 hitters in 100 2/3 innings pitched.

On April 15, 2022, he made his major league debut for the Cleveland Guardians, who have since changed their identity. He pitched the final inning of a 4-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

On May 8, he faced the Toronto Blue Jays in his debut major league start, becoming the Guardians’ first lefthander to do so.