It has been a terrific fall for San Francisco Giants left-handed pitching prospect Garrett Williams in the Arizona Fall League.
Through four starts he has a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings pitched with 15 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.87. He’s allowed just one earned run on seven hits and six walks.
He was originally drafted out of high school by the San Diego Padres in the 33rd round, but elected to play college ball at Oklahoma State.
Williams struggled at the collegiate level and saw his draft stock take a hit, but the San Francisco Giants took a shot on him in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Draft because of his potential.
The lelfty continued to struggle after being drafted with a 5.01 ERA in 32.1 innings between rookie ball and Low-A for the Giants in 2016.
He put himself back on the map with a solid 2017 season in which he posted a 2.32 ERA in 97 innings pitched between Single-A and High-A with 96 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.26.
Williams spent all of 2018 with the Double-Richmond club at the age of 23, but took a step back with a 6.06 ERA in 81.2 innings pitched with 73 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.92.
The stuff is certainly there for Williams with a fastball that get up to 97 MPH and a curveball that is a plus pitch.
The San Francisco Giants could certainly use a couple of unknown prospects to come out of nowhere and be great. I don’t know if Williams is that guy, but he is starting to bring some hope for the future.
After Friday there are just nine games left in the Arizona Fall League season — unless Scottsdale makes the championship game, but they are currently three games out.
That means Williams is likely to get two more starts this fall. Hopefully this upward trend continues for the lefty.