Gavin Williams
Cleveland Indians
Pitcher
Born: (1999-07-26) July 26, 1999 (age 22)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Gavin Scott Williams (born July 26, 1999) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization.

Amateur career

Williams attended Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. As a senior in 2017, he threw two consecutive no-hitters after returning to play after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus.[1][2] He ended his senior year 6–1 with a 0.35 ERA over 39 innings.[3] He was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 30th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign, instead enrolling at East Carolina University.[4][5]

In 2018, as a freshman at East Carolina, Williams missed time due to a forearm strain but still compiled a 1.15 ERA over 15+23 innings.[6] After the 2018 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[7] As a sophomore in 2019, he appeared in 21 games (five starts), going 1–4 with a 4.56 ERA over 49+13 innings.[8][9] In 2020, he pitched three innings before the college baseball season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was considered a top prospect for the 2020 Major League Baseball draft, but went unselected.[10][11] Williams moved into the starting rotation for the 2021 season.[12] He missed the beginning of the year with a minor injury but still appeared in 15 games (making 12 starts), going 10–1 with a 1.88 ERA with 130 strikeouts over 81+13 innings.[13][14] He was named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year alongside earning 2021 College Baseball All-America Team honors.[15][16][17][18]

Professional career

Williams was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the first round with the 23rd overall selection of the 2021 Major League Baseball draft.[19] He signed for $2.25 million.[20]

References

  1. ^ Shambaugh, Jaclyn. "Cape Fear senior Gavin Williams turns in hitless start in win over Pine Forest".
  2. ^ "N.C. pitcher Gavin Williams hasn't given up a hit in three starts". May 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Jones, Sonny. "Called Third Strike: Gavin Williams sharp in first collegiate start". The Fayetteville Observer.
  4. ^ "ECU signee Gavin Williams taken in 30th round of MLB Draft". HoistTheColours.
  5. ^ Obley, Patrick. "Rays take Cape Fear pitcher Williams in 30th round". The Fayetteville Observer.
  6. ^ "Gavin Williams ranked one of 2021 MLB Draft's best prospects". HoistTheColours.
  7. ^ "Gavin Williams". pointstreak.com. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  8. ^ "ECU's Gavin Williams a first-round pick in latest MLB mock draft". HoistTheColours.
  9. ^ Batten, Sammy. "Ex-Cape Fear pitcher Gavin Williams to head ECU rotation in 2020". The Fayetteville Observer.
  10. ^ Batten, Sammy. "Cape Fear, ECU pitcher Gavin Williams on brink of local draft history". The Fayetteville Observer.
  11. ^ "ECU flamethrower Gavin Williams goes undrafted, will return". HoistTheColours.
  12. ^ "Gavin Williams thriving as a starter". Baseball Prospect Journal. May 24, 2021.
  13. ^ "A Durable Gavin Williams Could Propel East Carolina To New Heights – FloBaseball". www.flobaseball.tv.
  14. ^ "MLB Draft Profile: Gavin Williams". Prime Time Sports Talk. June 12, 2021.
  15. ^ Holland, Monica. "ECU brings Gavin Williams and his 100 mph fastball to Greenville Regional". The Fayetteville Observer.
  16. ^ Athletics, E. C. U. "Godwin, Norby and Williams earn AAC honors". www.witn.com.
  17. ^ Athletics, E. C. U. "ECU baseball trio earns national honors". www.witn.com.
  18. ^ https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-college-baseball-all-americans-first-second-third-teams/
  19. ^ https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2021/07/cleveland-indians-draft-rhp-gavin-williams-with-their-first-pick-in-mlb-draft.html
  20. ^ https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2021/07/top-draft-picks-gavin-williams-doug-nikhazy-sign-deals-and-4-other-things-about-the-cleveland-indians.html?outputType=amp