A graduate of Major League Baseball’s RBI Program, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, Miami native Ronnie Williams established himself as an emerging professional prospect after shining on the showcase circuit and in high school.
The senior capped off his prep career in the Florida state high school title match with a complete game performance for his American High team in which he struck out 11. Williams joined the professional ranks in June after being selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with their second-round pick, 68th overall, in this June’s First-Year Player Draft.
With the Cardinals’ lowest-level US rookie squad in the Gulf Coast League, the right-hander got off to a rough July (7.53 ERA in five appearances) before improving substantially in August (2.37 ERA in four starts) as he became more accustomed to the professional game.
Overall in the GCL, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder threw 36 innings with a 4.71 ERA. Williams struck out 30 and walked nine. In the most recent Cardinals system prospect rankings from The Cardinal Nation, the 18-year-old jumped up from number 40 to 30 as his four strong August starts indicated his considerable potential.
I caught up with Williams in Jupiter, Florida as he was pitching in the organization’s instructional league camp. In the following audio interview, he discusses his background, his indoctrination to pro baseball and his goals for 2015.
The Cardinal Nation’s extensive series of player and coach interviews from Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter will continue in the upcoming days. They will include Mike Shildt, Derrick May, Tim Leveque, Oscar Mercado, Malik Collymore, Carson Kelly, Mason Katz, Alex Reyes, Andrew Morales, Bryan Dobzanski, Rowan Wick, Chris Rivera and Jery Then.
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