2015 was a year to forget for Taylor Williams. After opening eyes with an impressive start to spring training, arm troubles shut down his season before it even had a chance to start. While it wasn’t a year to remember and he didn’t even pitch one inning in the minors, here is a look at why Taylor Williams ranks as our 18th best prospect in the Brewers’ system.
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After being drafted in the fourth round from Kent State University, Williams has excelled every role with the Brewers in their system. He had a strong debut in 2013 and he was even better in 2014.
That year pitching in both Appleton and Brevard County, Williams went a combined nine and three with a 3.26 ERA. He was so good with the Timber Rattlers before his promotion that he went eight and one with a 2.23 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Not only was he highly successful, but he also pounded the strike-zone as he kept his walk rate low and he averaged over a strikeout per inning pitched.
This past spring before his injury, he greatly impressed. Though he is under six feet tall and some say that his is undersized, he was so good that Ryan Braun was quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as saying, “You might have the best stuff in camp.”
After battling injury and trying to rehab for much of the season, Williams underwent Tommy John Surgery in August meaning that 2016 will most likely be another lost season. Although he still has a long road to recovery, Williams’ pure stuff still makes him an intriguing candidate as both a starter and reliever in the future in Milwaukee.