Trevor Williams
Williams with the Pirates in 2017
New York Mets – No. 29
Pitcher
Born: (1992-04-25) April 25, 1992 (age 29)
San Diego, California
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 2016, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through September 28, 2021)
Win–loss record35–39
Earned run average4.41
Strikeouts501
Teams

Trevor Anthony Williams (born April 25, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.

Amateur career

After graduating from Rancho Bernardo High School, Williams played college baseball at Arizona State University for the Sun Devils from 2011 to 2013.[1][2][3] He started 38 games during his career, going 18–8 with a 2.98 earned run average (ERA). In 2012, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[4]

Professional career

Miami Marlins

Williams was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the second round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[5][6] He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Marlins and also played for the Batavia Muckdogs and Greensboro Grasshoppers that year. In 12 starts between the three teams he was 0–2 with a 2.38 ERA. Williams started 2014 with the Jupiter Hammerheads, earning Florida State League All-Star honors, and was promoted to the Jacksonville Suns in August.[7][8] In 26 games started between both clubs he compiled an 8–7 record and 3.13 ERA. In 2015, Williams played for both Jacksonville and the New Orleans Zephyrs, pitching to a 7–10 record and 3.85 ERA in 25 games (24 starts).

Pittsburgh Pirates

On October 24, 2015, the Marlins traded Williams to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Richard Mitchell as compensation for the Marlins hiring Jim Benedict from the Pirates as their new vice president of pitching development.[9][10] He spent 2016 with the Indianapolis Indians where he was 9–6 with a 2.53 ERA in twenty games (19 starts).[11]

Williams was promoted to the Major Leagues for September call ups in 2016.[12] In 12+23 innings pitched for the Pirates, he was 1–1 with a 7.82 ERA.

Williams began 2017 with Pittsburgh as a member of their bullpen.[13] As the season progressed, he was eventually moved into the starting rotation.[14] In 31 games (25 starts) for the Pirates, he compiled a 7–9 record with a 4.07 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He began 2018 as a member of Pittsburgh's starting rotation. Williams posted a career year, finishing with an ERA of 3.11 in 31 starts, ending the season with a record of 14–10 in 170+23 innings. In 2019, Williams had a down year, posting a record of 7–9 with a 5.38 ERA over 26 starts and 145+23 innings.

In 2020 he was 2-8 with a 6.18 ERA.[15] He led the NL in home runs allowed (15).[16] On November 20, 2020, Williams was designated for assignment.[17] He elected free agency on November 28.[18]

Chicago Cubs

On February 5, 2021, Williams signed a one-year, $2.5MM contract with the Chicago Cubs.[19] On May 31, Williams was placed on the injured list after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.[20] In 13 games (12 starts) with the Cubs, Williams went 4–2 with a 5.06 ERA across 58+23 innings.[21]

New York Mets

On July 30, 2021, Williams was traded to the New York Mets along with Javier Baez and cash considerations in exchange for Pete Crow-Armstrong.[22]

Personal life

Williams is a devout Catholic; he is a Knight of Columbus and his heavily-tattooed arms include the initialized motto of the Society of Jesus, "AMDG," and an allusion to Benedict of Nursia.[23][24][25]

In November 2014, he married his wife, Jackie.[26] Their son was born in 2015,[27] and their adopted daughter was born in July 2019.[28]

References

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  2. ^ "ASU Ace Trevor Williams "Blocking Out Draft", Setting Mind on Omaha". The Sports Journal. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
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  6. ^ "Miami Marlins take ASU's Trevor Williams in 2nd round". azcentral.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
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  8. ^ "Trevor Williams Promoted to Jacksonville". Tales From Bragan Field. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
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  10. ^ Fox Sports. "Miami Marlins Jim Benedict pitcher whisperer in front office". FOX Sports. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
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  12. ^ Sawchik, Travis. "Pirates notebook: Four players called up, including pitcher Glasnow". TribLIVE.com.
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  14. ^ "Trevor Williams bolsters Pirates' rotation". MLB.com.
  15. ^ "Trevor Williams Stats". Baseball-Reference.com.
  16. ^ "2020 National League Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com.
  17. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/11/pirates-designate-trevor-williams-for-assignment.html
  18. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/11/trevor-williams-elects-free-agency.html
  19. ^ Bastian, Jodan (February 5, 2021). "Cubs finalize deals with Joc, Williams, Chafin". MLB.com. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  20. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/05/cubs-trevor-williams-out-indefinitely-after-emergency-appendectomy.html
  21. ^ "Trevor Williams Stats". Baseball-Reference.com.
  22. ^ DiComo, Anthony (July 30, 2021). "Mets acquire Báez, Williams from Cubs". MLB.com.
  23. ^ Beattie, Trent (May 24, 2017). "Faith Not Accidental for Pittsburgh Pirates' Pitcher". National Catholic Register. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  24. ^ Fowler, Andrew (February 12, 2019). "Being a Knight is Part of Who I Am". Knights of Columbus. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  25. ^ Crowe, Gretchen K. (20 March 2019). "Pirates pitcher prays 'Jesus, I trust in you' before playing ball". Our Sunday Visitor. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  26. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates Hidden Heroes: Jackie Williams - The Sports Daily". thesportsdaily.com.
  27. ^ "'A moment for all of us' gets even better". MLB.com.
  28. ^ @MeLlamoTrevor (8 July 2019). "On 7/5, our daughter Josephine Marie..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.