Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State University
Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 228
After two dominant, sub 2.00-ERA seasons, Williams’ production — or maybe luck; he’s sporting a .352 BABIP — has finally taken a turn for the worse. Coming off of an impressive freshman year as reliever (35 K, four BB and a 1.91 ERA in 37.2 innings) and a successful transition into the rotation last season (55 K, 11 BB and a 1.86 ERA in 101.2 innings), the 6-foot-3 right-hander’s strikeout rate has jumped closer to respectability (6.55 K/9) but his ERA (4.12) and FIP (3.80) are run of the mill thus far.
Projection: He pounds the zone and knows how to pitch, both of which will help him make it to the big leagues. But Williams is yet another one of those safe, low ceiling/high floor pitchers in the class. He’s very reminiscent of another former ASU hurler, Cincinnati’s Mike Leake. The ceiling, however, is very low because the production is rather blah.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate to Above-Average
Drafted: Second Round
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