When Milwaukee drafted right-hander Taylor Williams with the fourth round draft selection in 2013 – no one knew how well he would fair after a rough start to his college career.
The junior from Kent State started was seldom used as a freshman with Washington State in 2011 where he pitched 10 innings allowing 14 earned runs before transferring to Mount Hood Community College.
However, it took him until his final college season with the Golden Flashes to show some brilliance – in 15 starts for Kent State he struck out 110 batters in 115.2 innings and had a 10-1 record. Williams also demonstrated excellent control allowing just 18 walks through the course of his season before the Brewers made him the fourth pick.
After his inaugural campaign with Pioneer League Helena in 2013 where he produced a 3-1 record and a 4.25 ERA in 10 games for the Brewers, MLB.com named him the organization’s 16th rated prospect.
Williams has responded with success including a stellar start in his first appearance with Single A Wisconsin where he struck out seven batters and held Peoria scoreless through his five innings of work on April 3. The 22-year-old maintained composure allowing just one walk and one hit during the in the No Decision.
The 5’11” pitcher from Washington State earned his first victory in relief six days later holding West Michigan scoreless in four innings.
Williams’ produced similar numbers in his last appearance April 26 where he held Kane County scoreless through six innings and struck out six batters. He allowed just one walk and two hits, but again received a No Decision.
Aside from being ranked 16th by MLB.com, Baseball America has ranked him 19th in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system.
Given his age and steady progression and performances, he might climb the ladder and make his way to High A Brevard County by the conclusion of the 2014 season.