Taylor Williams, RHP, Kent State University
Class: Junior; Height: 5-11; Weight: 185
Small right-handers out of the MAC typically won’t get noticed, but Williams is sporting some very intriguing numbers this season: 9.37 K/9, 1.53 BB/9, 2.47 ERA, and a 3.26 FIP. Prior to the year, though, he tossed just 10.1 innings at Washington State before spending a year at Mount Hood Community College.
Projection: The data’s exceptionally limited — good, but limited. And there are not too many DI hurlers that can match his ability to miss bats and pound the zone. But the problem will come down to size, where teams shy away from sub-six-foot right-handers, particularly starters. He’s probably headed for the third round or so, but he’s going to be a steal — if the drafting team keeps him in the rotation.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Drafted: Third Round
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