Ronnie Williams’ impressive growth as a pitcher continues.
Last season, the now 20-year-old got off to a bumpy start at Johnson City before finishing strongly. With expected co-staff leader Bryan Dobzanski missing most of 2015 due to injury, Williams shouldered the workload with his 56 innings topping the team. The right-hander’s 3.70 ERA made the top 10 in the Appalachian League and he was named The Cardinal Nation’s Johnson City Starting Pitcher of the Year.
Williams is building upon that success here in 2016.
On the field, the Miami, Florida native again leads his club, the State College Spikes, in innings pitched (averaging 6 2/3 innings per start) and strikeouts (30 in 40 1/3 innings) and is tied for most wins with four. Six of his seven outings have been quality starts (six or more innings, three or fewer runs). Williams has a sharp 2.45 ERA and is allowing less than one baserunner per inning (0.92 WHIP). Not afraid to pitch inside, St. Louis’ second-round draft pick in 2014 has almost as many hit batters this season, five, as walks issued, six.
Off the field, Williams is receiving high marks from coaches for his leadership.
Williams discusses all of the above and more in the exclusive interview that follows.
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