WILLIAMS, TAYLOR

Position: Pitcher

DOB: July 21, 1991

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 195

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Drafted (4th round, 2013)

Profile:  Williams opened a lot of eyes as a non-roster invitee during 2015 spring training but was shut down with a right forearm strain. The Brewers opted for a rest and rehab program for Williams, but when his arm didn’t respond as they had hoped, he was forced to go under the knife, finally having Tommy John surgery in August. The decision to hold off on surgery wound up costing Williams two full seasons as he missed all of 2015 and 2016, finally returning to action in instructional league in 2016. Drafted by Milwaukee in the third round out of Kent State in 2013, he sailed through his first several minor league seasons, spending 2013 at Helena, then splitting the 2014 season between Low-A Wisconsin and High-A Brevard County.  With a fastball that sits in the high-90’s with good late life, a plus slider and a developing changeup, Williams has the arsenal to stick in the rotation if given the opportunity, but given his size and injury histry, he would appear ticketed for the bullpen.

2013:  After signing with Milwaukee out of Kent State for a reported $400,000, Williams was sent to Helena to begin his pro career.  He appeared in 12 Pioneer League contests, starting half of them, and went 3-1 with a 4.25 earned run average while striking out a batter per inning in 42.1 innings of work.

2014:  Williams moved up to Single-A Wisconsin to open the 2014 season and quickly established himself as the ace of the Timber Rattlers pitching staff.  He saw action in 22 games, starting 12, and went 8-1 with a 2.36 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .201 average.  He racked up 112 strikeouts in 107 innings of work and earned a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team before receiving a promotion to High-A Brevard County.  He finished out the 2014 season in the Florida State League, making five more starts for the Manatees and went 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA.

2015:  After opening eyes with his 2014 season, Williams was invited to big league spring training in 2015 and impressed those who saw him pitch, receiving praise from the likes of All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun.  Unfortunately Williams wouldn’t pitch beyond the spring as he developed a forearm strain and was shut down.  After a program of rest and rehab didn’t produce the desired result, Williams finally underwent Tommy John surgery, ending his season.

2016:  The decision to delay surgery in 2015 would wind up costing Williams his 2016 season as well.  With the standard recovery time in the 12-18 month range, he was forced to sit out all of 2016 while rehabbing, but he did finally make his way back into action in instructional league and the Brewers saw enough from him to add him to their 40-man roster over the winter.

Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#22)
2016 (#23)
2015 (#9)
2014 (#33)