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Austen Thomas Williams (born December 19, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Austen Williams
Washington Nationals – No. 53
Pitcher
Born: (1992-12-19) December 19, 1992 (age 26)
Fort Worth, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2018, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through July 19, 2019)
Win–loss record0–1
Earned run average10.80
Strikeouts9
Teams

CareerEdit

After graduating from Southwest Christian School,[1] Williams enrolled at Texas State University where he played college baseball. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Williams struggled in 2016 and 2017, including in the Arizona Fall League, where he pitched for the Mesa Solar Sox.[2] Moved from the rotation into the bullpen as a multi-inning reliever in 2018, Williams prospered for the Class-AA Harrisburg Senators, being named an Eastern League All-Star[3] and earning a promotion by August to the Class-AAA Syracuse Chiefs for the first time.[4]

After Williams posted a 1.19 ERA across 68 innings for Class-AA Harrisburg and Class-AAA Syracuse, the Nationals selected Williams' contract on September 1, 2018,[5] adding him to the major league pitching staff following a trade that sent Gio González to the Milwaukee Brewers.[6] He made his major league debut the next day, striking out two Brewers in two relief innings.[7]

Pitching styleEdit

On the mound, Williams employs a three-pitch mix, with a sinking fastball that tops out around 96 miles per hour (154 km/h), a breaking ball variously described as a curveball or a slider, and a changeup.[8][9] Since moving to the bullpen after the 2017 season, Williams has focused more on a fastball-slider combination while building his velocity.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.eagleathletics.org/athletic-dept/collegiate-eagles.cfm
  2. ^ Kerr, Byron (January 12, 2018). "Nats prospects spotlight: Bacus, Williams and Gushue". MASN Sports. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ McInturff, John (July 9, 2018). "Washington Nationals' prospects; Eastern League All-Stars; Harrisburg Senators' Taylor Gushue; Kyle McGowin + more..." Federal Baseball. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "Sanchez's single leads Syracuse to 6-3 win over Rochester". TDN.com. August 27, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Nationals recall Pedro Severino and select Austen Williams". MASN Sports. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Dougherty, Jesse (September 1, 2018). "With Gio Gonzalez gone, what's next for the Nationals' starting rotation?". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (September 2, 2018). "Fedde to start Tuesday, Ross coming soon (Nats down 9-4)". MASN Sports. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Kerzel, Pete (September 1, 2018). "Hellickson progresses to throwing curveballs (plus other notes)". MASN Sports. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  9. ^ DeMuro, Bobby (November 30, 2017). "Washington Nationals RHP Austen Williams Scouting Report, 2017". BaseballCensus. Retrieved September 1, 2018.

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