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Adam Wilk released by Tigers, contract sold to Korean team

Left-handed pitcher Adam Wilk is headed to Korea after being released by the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Tigers released left-handed pitcher Adam Wilk after his contract was sold to a team in the Korean Baseball League, the team announced Wednesday. The 25-year-old was initially drafted by the Tigers in the 11th round of the 2009 draft.

Wilk made three starts for the Tigers last season, struggling badly by allowing 11 runs in 11 innings. He fared much better with Triple-A Toledo, posting a 2.77 ERA with 128 strikeouts and just 28 walks over 149.2 innings of work. The lefty has always thrived in the minors, though, so his performance this year wasn't particularly surprising.

Unfortunately, Wilk never proved that his style of pitching would be able to translate to big league baseball. His fastball averaged just 87 miles per hour during his short stint with the Tigers in 2012, and there just aren't many pitchers that can succeed at the sport's highest level with such mediocre fastball velocity.