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Brock Wilken selected by Milwaukee Brewers with No. 18 overall pick in MLB Draft

Wilken hit a Wake Forest record 71 career home runs

SEATTLE, WA – Fresh off a fantastic 2023 season, Wake Forest third baseman Brock Wilken entered the pro ranks Sunday night, joining the Milwaukee Brewers as the No. 18 selection in the MLB Draft.

Like his teammate Rhett Lowder, who was the Cincinnati Reds’ first-round choice at No. 7 overall, Wilken holds several impressive records. He is tied at the top of career home runs in the ACC with 71 — a new Wake Forest record — while setting new standards for single-season homers (31), single-season runs (90) and single-season walks (69).

His three years with the Deacons are highlighted by a career .299 batting average, 202 total hits and 203 RBI. This past season, Wilken drove in 82 runs with a .345 batting average and .506 on-base percentage.

Wilken was also named a first-team All American by ABCA, while being a second-team selection by Baseball America.

Before the Winston-Salem Regional, Brock Wilken told the media he would “literally give anything” to make it to the College World Series in Omaha. And they did, with Wilken leading the charge with his bat.

After the final loss to LSU, Wilken professed his gratitude for the journey.

“This is the last time a lot of us will get to put on this jersey,” he said. “I’m glad I got to do it with two guys to my right [Walter and Rhett Lowder] and all 30 guys in the dugout. Those are my best friends. And I got to go to war with those guys every single day. I’m lucky and proud to say I played for Wake Forest baseball.”

With his legacy in Winston-Salem cemented, Wilken’s talent and power will move forward to “The Brew Crew,” where “Brockets” could be on the way quite soon.