The Milwaukee Brewers farm system has been boosted a lot in the past few weeks, but it took a blow today. Earlier today team beat writer, Adam McCalvy, tweeted that Taylor Williams season is over as he will undergo Tommy John Surgery on Tuesday.
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Williams was one of the more impressive pitchers as camp broke earlier this year until discomfort shut him down as games began. After an exciting season last year pitching with both the Timber Rattlers and the Manatees, Williams became looked upon as one of the team’s best up and coming prospects. He finished last season going a combined 9-3 with a 2.72 ERA while striking out 137 batters in just over 132 innings.
Missing all of this season, Williams has fallen down in the organizational rankings from MLB.com where he is now ranked as the Brewers 17th best prospect, but with a fastball that he can crank in the upper-90s he could move right back in when fully healthy.
Though he can bring it, he also thrives off of hitting spots. Even with his high strike out rate last year, he walked just under two batters per nine innings last year.
The injury will hurt for the time being, but don’t count him out yet. Many pitchers throughout the league have bounced back after the surgery to have successful careers. Here is to a speedy recovery and seeing him back on the field getting the job down like he has in the past soon.