Acquired: Via trade from the Marlins on October 24, 2015, for RHP Richard Mitchell (PIT). Originally drafted in the second round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIA).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: 10-6 with a 2.42 ERA in 21 games between Bradenton (High A) and Indianapolis (Triple-A), striking out 78 in 115.1 innings and walking 30 while allowing 107 hits.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Indianapolis on September 6.
MLB Debut Date: 9/7/2016
|September 7, in a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. The second of three pitchers, he got the win, allowing one unearned run on three hits in three innings, walking one while striking out three. Coming in to start the top of the sixth inning in relief of starter James Taillon, the first batter he faced, Yadier Molina, reached on an error by the right fielder, reaching second on the play. After advancing to third on a groundout to first by Brandon Moss, Molina scored the lone unearned run on Williams on a single to center field by Randal Grichuk. The next batter, Jhonny Peralta, struck out swinging and catcher Francisco Cervelli threw Grichuk out attempting to steal second for the 2-4 double play to end the inning. In the seventh, the lone hit of the frame came with one out when relief pitcher Alex Reyes singled to right (is there anything he can’t do?) but despite Stephen Piscotty drawing a two out walk, both runners were stranded when Matt Adams popped out to shortstop to end the threat. Molina led the eighth off with a double to left field, but Williams proceeded to strike out Moss swinging, get Grichuk to ground out to shortstop, and strike out Peralta swinging to end the inning.|
|Despite missing the first month of the season with a strained shoulder, once Williams landed in Indianapolis, he was dominant enough to earn the Indians’ end-of-season Most Valuable Player nod. According to several sources (most notably giving a tip of the hat to Baseball America), the story behind the trade of Williams from Miami to Pittsburgh is that he was the unofficial “return” from the Marlins for the Pirates losing two key scouting/player development executives, Jim Benedict and Marc Delpiano, to the Marlins (it’s always nice to see when teams appreciate the value of their often unsung scouting/player executive folks!). He throws a fastball in the mid 90s, a sinking two-seam fastball, and as a changeup. In 2015, between Jacksonville (Double-A/Marlins) and New Orleans (Triple-A/Marlins) he combined to go 7-10 with a 3.98 ERA in 25 games, striking out 101 while walking 43 in 131 innings.|