Brewers add college righty Williams in fourth round
MILWAUKEE -- With their fourth-round pick (No. 122 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Brewers selected college right-hander Taylor Williams.
Williams began his college career at Washington State, but he played sparingly as a freshman in 2011 before transferring to Mount Hood Community College in Oregon. He then transferred to Kent State this year and has become the Golden Flashes' top starter.
Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid thinks he could continue as a starter in the Brewers farm system and work his way up the chain.
"He can throw middle, mid-90s," Seid said. "He's got an out-pitch slider, as well as being able to manipulate the fastball in the strike zone.
"We really like him as part of our pitching group [in the Draft]."
Williams, a right-hander, grabbed attention in February when he struck out Kris Bryant, this Draft's top hitting prospect and No. 2 pick to the Cubs, three times in a Kent State victory. Williams mixes his low-90s fastball effectively with a slider and changeup.
Williams' delivery has some effort to it, though he is athletic enough to largely compensate for it. Still, his delivery and 5-foot-11 stature will likely make him a reliever in his professional career.