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2013 Draft Scouting Report: Trevor Williams
School: Arizona State
Events Scouted: Cape Cod League
Williams looks the part of a durable big league pitcher. He has a thick, strong torso and lower half, and he uses his body well in his delivery. He's probably maxed out physically though, so projection isn't something we should expect.
There's nothing that smooth about Williams' delivery. It's herky-jerky and up-tempo. The arm action, however, is not all that worrisome. He works from a high three-quarter delivery and can be very deceptive against right-handed hitters.
Williams' fastball is the key to his game. It's lively, it sinks and he even knows how to change eye levels and throw a four-seamer up in the zone. For the most part, he works at 91-93 mph, and touches 94 frequently over the course of an outing. Williams clearly loves to pound the zone with his fastball, and as a result he induces a lot of early count groundballs.
Williams' curveball is probably not a swing and miss offering at the next level. What it is, however, is an outstanding change of pace that he's clearly comfortable throwing for strikes in a lot of different situations. Thrown at 73-76 mph, it's a slow 11-5 breaking ball, and he's able to bounce it as well as spot it for a strike.
Early in the game, it seems like Williams prefers to mostly work with his fastball and sprinkle in a curveball once in a while. By the middle innings, the slider comes out more as his weapon of choice. He throws it at 85-88 mph, and around 88 it's more like a true cutter. It's a short break, but it's late and well spotted.
The changeup is a limited part of Williams' arsenal right now, and it's going to need to catch up to his other offerings. At 78-81 mph, the differential is impressive but the arm speed could stand to improve.
Williams actually seems like a pretty easy prospect to size up. He's an absolute strike throwing machine, his fastball has outstanding life, he induces groundballs, and he has three usable secondary pitches. He lacks a true swing and miss offering, but given his plus fastball, feel for pitching, and attacking mentality, he looks like he could be a quality second or third starter in the big leagues.
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