Wilkins was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, Fox Sports Wisconsin reports. With a team day off Thursday and the All-Star break on tap, the Brewers elected to add Wilkins to serve as an extra bat off the bench. He's played both first base and outfield so far in the minors this season, posting a .757 OPS for the Sky Sox over 76 games.
Wilkins was optioned to minor league camp Saturday. Wilkins spent most of last season at the Triple-A level, and that's likely where he'll spend the bulk of 2016 after failing to crack the Brewers' Opening Day, 25-man roster.
Wilkins is 3-for-10 with two home runs and five RBI through seven spring games. Wilkins bounced around several organizations last season, but he is now hoping to secure a home with the Brewers. He is off to a fast start in the competition for the backup first base job behind Chris Carter, but will still need to beat out several other players to land the job.
Wilkins was claimed off waivers by the Brewers on Wednesday. The Brewers are the fourth organization to claim Wilkins in the last four months, so a lot could happen before now and Opening Day. At 27 years old, he is hardly a prospect anymore, despite maintaining rookie eligibility. He could compete for a job at first base in spring training if he remains with the Brewers, but he offers very little fantasy upside.
Wilkins was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Monday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. It's already the second time this offseason, and the third time since the start of September, that Wilkins has been claimed off waivers, as he was designated for assignment by the Mariners earlier in the month after being with the club for just a week. He slashed a combined .251/.315/.447 at the Triple-A level last season and will likely begin the year back in the minors.