Owl now a Cub

A two-way player at Rice University, John Williamson will get his chance in the Cubs organization as a left-handed pitcher after signing with Chicago.

Name: John Williamson, LHP
Drafted: 23rd Round, 683 overall
Age: 22
DOB: 9/27/1992
College: Rice University, Sr.
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 195

Cubs drafted a hand full of college arms with bullpen experience and the 23rd pick from Rice provides the athleticism the Cubs like in their pitchers and an arm without much wear the past four years.

Williamson knows what’s it like to start at the bottom and work your way up, so this minor league baseball thing won’t be anything knew. After not seeing any action as a freshman, he got 20 at-bats and faced two hitters from the mound his sophomore year at Rice.

His playing time picked up in 2014, making 17 starts in the outfield (15) and DH, and hit .233/.243/.301 in 73 at-bats. He also worked ? inning against Houston. His playing time increased as senior, at the plate and on the mound as a two-way player.

The left-hander appeared in 15 games in relief are recorded 20 K in 20.1 innings and six walks. He went 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.1 WHIP. He also hit .284/.352/.312 playing the outfield and DH. A standout on the mound at Lamar High School in Houston, Williamson was the 4th Conference USA player drafted by Cubs.

While the Cubs are lacking in left-handed arms out of the bullpen in the minors, Williamson may not have enough seasoning to be thrown into full-season baseball right off the bat and may have to work his way up the ranks, something familiar with the Texan.

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