By Jason Shetler
According to MSM Sports agency, the Pirates have signed pitcher Greg Williams to a minor league deal. The contract does not include an invite to Major League Spring Training.
Williams was taken in the 31st round by the Tampa Bay Rays out of high school in the 2008 MLB Draft, but did not sign. He was then drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2011 as a 12th round selection out of Marshall University. The signing bonus was $125,000, which is considered above slot money from where he was taken at.
Injuries have certainly played a huge part during Williams’ time in the minors. He’s underwent a pair of Tommy John surgeries. The first one caused him to miss all of 2013, while the other cost him the entire 2015 season.
Prior to Spring Training this year, Williams was released by the Rangers. He then signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds in April. After pitching in just nine games for High A Daytona, he was released by the Reds in June. Williams has good upside for a left-hander, featuring a mid-to-upper 90’s fastball along with a very good changeup. My guess is he’ll start out 2017 at AA for the Altoona Curve.