Last month, Johnson City right-handed pitcher Ronnie Williams spoke with me from St. Louis Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida. The 19-year-old had recently completed his second short-season of play as a professional, having moved up from the Gulf Coast League in 2014 to the Appalachian League this past summer.
At Johnson City, Williams placed second in the entire Cardinals system among qualifying starters with an opposing batting average of just .223. His 3.70 ERA was 10th-best among qualifying pitchers in the rookie-level Appy League. The Florida native’s biggest challenge may be free passes, up from 2.2 per nine innings in 2014 to 4.0 this past summer. However, Williams showed improvement while pitching deeper into games as the season progressed.
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