Williams is now playing for Georgia Perimeter College and pitching well, including a March 22 outing against West Georgia Tech when he struck out 11 batters in 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs.
“It’s clicking right now,” Williams said. “Defensively, our conference starters have been solid and so has our bullpen. Our team ERA [3.41] doesn’t really do the staff justice, but we’re getting it there. Our focus is winning baseball games and giving our offense the chance to do what they do best, hit and score.”
In his freshman season, Williams is 3-0 in four starts, holding a 2.19 earned run average. He has recorded 31 strikeouts in 24.2 innings while holding down a spot in the starting rotation for the Jaguars, who are currently in first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a record of 13-1 in conference play.
Georgia Perimeter head coach Brett Campbell has been impressed with Williams so far.
“He’s throwing the ball really well. Obviously, he came in [during the second semester] so we didn’t get a lot of time or work in the fall to get him ready for the season. We started him out slow, but he’s really picked it up lately and he’s stepped in and been one of our conference starters, which is huge for us because we needed another conference arm,” Campbell said. “He stepped in and he really helped us a lot. He’s kind of filled in to be one of those guys who pitches that seven-inning game on Saturday and he’s really performed well the last couple of outings.”
Williams graduated from Cass in 2013 after posting a 1.14 ERA and a 7-2 record in 61.1 innings for the Colonels during his senior season.
He did not attend Georgia Perimeter in the fall, and as a result, missed time with the team and the coaching staff.
Because of the missed semester, it took him some time to solidify his spot in the starting rotation. However, Williams has come along in conference play and has allowed just two runs in his last four games over 11.1 innings.
“He’s really improved over the last month, so I don’t see why he won’t continue to do it,” Campbell said. “He’s a fastball pitcher, there’s no doubt about that, but he’s showed signs his last few outings of being able to throw the curveball for strikes and also being able to strike people out with it. In high school, you’re able to throw the low 90s fastball whenever you want to and just throw it by people. You can’t do that in college and especially in pro ball. You need to be able to mix it up and he’s done a lot better job of that in the last few outings.”
Williams is eligible to enter the Major League Baseball first-year player draft in June and is considering doing so.
“He’s draft eligible this year, so hopefully he’s throwing well. His velocity is up. He had a great outing against Middle Georgia, won a big series, so he looks really good,” Williams’ father, Lathy Williams, said on March 18. “The coach is very happy. If we can continue to have a good year, he’ll be draft-ready in June.”
“He’s got everything you look for in a pitcher. He’s got the prototypical professional pitcher frame. He’s 6-3, 200 pounds. He’s got the size. You know his arm strength is excellent. He can run his fastball up 92-93. He just needs to be polished up a little bit,” Campbell said. “He’s still a little bit raw. In the short time we’ve worked together, he’s really made some strides, especially with his secondary pitches.
“He’s got a bright future. I think if he continues to work hard, I don’t see any reason he couldn’t pitch in professional baseball.”