Last spring, Wei-Chung Wang was the young arm that impressed throughout camp for the Milwaukee Brewers. He came out of nowhere to dominate throughout spring, pitching well enough to remain on the roster as a rule five player throughout the season.
This season non roster invitee, Taylor Williams has the chance to impress as well. While he has no chance to make the roster, Williams will show this spring why he has moved up the prospect ranks and why he has a future in the MLB.
Taking one look at Williams will impress no one. At 5’11” and 165 pounds, the former Kent State pitching star is not the most intimidating of pitchers. But looks can be deceiving. In his first professional season, Williams was one of the Brewers best minor league arms.
Though many scouts do not see him having a future as a starter, Williams held his own pitching in any role called upon in 2014. Spending much of his time in the Midwest League pitching for the Wisconsin Timberrattlers, Williams went 8-1 with a 2.36 ERA and an awesome WHIP under one. In his 12 starts, he went 5-0 with an ERA of 2.38. He finished the year with five more starts at advanced A Brevard County.
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His final season combined numbers were outstanding. Williams appeared in 27 games (17 starts), pitched in 132.1 innings, finishing with a 9-3 record and a 2.72 ERA. Showing impressive command all season, Williams averaged 9.3 strike outs for every nine innings of work and he had a strikeout to walk ratio of nearly five. It is numbers like these that give could help to give the 23-year-old pitching prospect a bright future in Milwaukee.
After seeing time pitching with the big club this spring, it is assured that Williams will be sent back to the Brevard County rotation. But with pinpoint command and a mid-90s fastball, he could work his way onto the AA Biloxi Shuckers’ roster at some point in 2015. Though he has unimposing size and has been bet against often in his short career, Williams will continue to deliver on his potential this spring.