By Jason Shetler
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo did a write up on Monday regarding prospects who had the best second half turnarounds this season. Mayo listed six prospects, three position players and three pitchers. One of the pitchers was Trevor Williams.
The Pirates acquired Williams from the Miami Marlins last offseason. MLB Pipeline rated him the 24th best prospect in the Pirates system entering this season. Williams began the year with AAA Indianapolis, and in his very first start with them, suffered a shoulder injury. He returned to Indianapolis on May 27th.
During the first half of the season, Williams posted a 3.61 ERA along with a 1.34 WHIP and a .279 batting average against. His second half numbers were much more impressive, as he put up an ERA of 1.55 with a 1.09 WHIP and held opponents to a .222 average. Williams had a stretch in July where he allowed just one earned run in 28 innings of work.
Last week, Williams was added to the Pirates roster as a September call up. He made his debut during Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching three innings and picking up the victory. After the game, he shared an emotional and incredible moment with his dad. Williams will certainly get the opportunity to compete for a spot in the Pirates rotation come Spring Training.