Jerome Williams… Married, wife's name is Sarah; four children: Tre-Jordan, Alana, Keilani and Tai… 1999 graduate of Waipahu High School (HI), where he played baseball… Tossed a no-hitter and hit 3 home runs in the same game during his senior season… At the time was the highestdrafted high school player ever taken out of Hawaii… Wears a pink glove in honor of his mother, Deborah, who died of breast cancer in 2001… **Signed by:** Darren Wittcke.
Became the first pitcher in MLB history to record three wins against the same team (OAK) in one season for three different teams (4/26 with HOU, 7/25 with TEX & 9/20 with PHI)... Began the season with HOU; made 26 relief appearances before being released on 7/8... Pitched at least 2.0 innings in 14 of those 26 appearances (54%)... Signed by TEX on 7/12 and assigned to Round Rock (AAA); had his contract selected on 7/25... Made two starts before being designated for assignment on 8/8... Claimed off waivers by the Phillies on 8/10... Went 3-0, 2.03 ERA (6 ER, 26.2 IP) over his first four starts... Had a season-high 8 SO, 9/10 vs PIT, falling one SO shy of his career high... Posted a 2.30 ERA (8 ER, 31.1 IP) and a 1.09 WHIP (9 BB, 25 H) in 5 road starts for the Phillies
Set new career highs in games, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts...his nine wins marked his most since notching 10 wins with San Francisco during the 2004 season ... became the third Angel to make 25 starts and 12 relief appearances in the same season and the first since Rudy May in 1969...the last AL player to do this was Brian Tallet in 2009 for Toronto...began the season in the Angels bullpen, where he made his first eight appearances (1.69 ERA) ... started 25 of his last 29 games from May through the end of the season... finished the season strong, going 4-0 with a 4.03 ERA (13ER/29IP) in five September starts ... ranked tied for second in the Majors in wins during the month ... led all Major League relievers with 21.1 innings pitched in April ... made three relief appearances in June and one in August ... went 8-10 with a 5.06 ERA (78ER/138.2IP) in his 25 starts, while going 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA (8ER/30.2IP) out of the bullpen ... pitched 6.0 innings of relief in a 19-inning game on April 29...joined Kevin Slowey as the only pitchers since 2008 to record two relief outings of 6.0 innings-or-more (also 6.2 IP on May 11, 2012 at TEX).
Completed seventh big league season - second with Angels - with 6-8 record and 4.58 ERA (137.2 IP - 70 ER) in 32 games including 15 starts...Was 6-8 with a 4.83 ERA (91.1 IP - 49 ER) as a starter...Out of bullpen, pitched to a 4.08 ERA (46.1 IP - 21 ER)...Moved to 'pen full time in late July following return of Dan Haren from DL and acquisition of Zack Greinke...Six victories marked his highest total since his six wins with Cubs in 2005...Had two stints on DL during season (left hamstring strain; April 4-13 and respiratory issues; June 20-July 16...Tossed second career shutout, May 1 vs. Minnesota...Marked first shutout since June 27, 2003 vs. Oakland (w/SF), a span of 8 years, 9 months and 4 days...The span between complete games is longest since Lindy McDaniel, who had a CG on May 15, 1960, with his next CG coming on July 10, 1973...Was 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA (73.2 IP - 24 ER) in 17 appearances at Big A...Was 1-5 with a 6.47 ERA (64 IP - 46 ER) on road...Won four straight decisions from April 20 to May 16 in six appearances (five starts) while recording 30 strikeouts in 44 innings...His 6.2 IP on May 11 at Texas marked longest relief outing of career...Notched first career save July 30 after pitching final three innings of Angels 15-8 win at Texas...Registered six strikeouts on Aug. 16, most by an Angels reliever since Kevin Gregg struck out seven batters, Aug. 27, 2006 (4 IP).
Finished season 4-0 with a 3.68 ERA (44 IP - 18 ER) in 10 appearances (six
starts) with Angels...Began year with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the
Atlantic League before signing a free agent contract with Angels on June
16...Posted a 7-2 record with one complete game and a 3.91 ERA (73.2
IP - 32 ER) in 11 games (10 starts) for the Bees...Recorded 60 strikeouts
while walking just 15 batters...Had contract selected by Halos, August
17 and made Angels debut the same day, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings
in relief against the Rangers...Was ninth pitcher to make a start for the
Angels in 2011 and third starting pitcher to make Angels debut...Earned
first victory of season, August 21 vs. Baltimore, marking first win since Sept. 25, 2005 vs. Houston (with Cubs)...Snapped
eight-game losing streak in first start since May 15, 2007 vs. Atlanta (with Washington)...The nearly six year gap (2,156
days) between MLB victories is the longest by an Angel since Dave LaRoche went six years and one day between victories
(8/1/74-8/2/80)...Tossed eight innings in September 7 victory over Seattle, allowing just one run on one hit...Marked
longest outing since April 24, 2004 (8.2 IP) at LAD...Four game win streak marks most since winning five straight his rookie
year, June 21-July 12, 2003...Allowed three earned runs or less in five of six starts...Registered a 2.55 ERA (24.2 IP - 7 ER)
at the Big A compared to a 5.12 mark on the road...Played for the Uni-President Lions in Taiwan during the 2010 season...
Honolulu, HI native is just the 27th Major Leaguer born in Hawaii...Played for his fourth MLB organization (Giants, Cubs,
Nationals, Angels)...Former first round pick (39th overall) of the San Francisco Giants in 1999.
In 2010, spent entire season with the Uni-President Lions of CPBL in Taiwan...The Lions ended 2010 with a 54-63
record, finishing in third place.
Signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics in December of 2008 and spent 2009 with Triple-A Sacramento
River Cats (Oakland affiliate), posting a 5-6 record with a 5.58 ERA (101.2 IP - 63 ER) in 27 games (14 starts)...Played
winter ball for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico).
Began 2008 with the Long Beach Armada of the Golden Baseball League, posting a 3-2 record with a 4.95 ERA (40 IP - 22
ER) in six starts before having contract purchased June 24 by Dodgers...Started three games for Single-A Inland Empire,
posting an 0-1 record with a 6.30 ERA (10 IP - 7 ER)...Promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas and posted a 2-2 record with a 2.08
ERA (26 IP - 6 ER) in 10 appearances.
Began the year in Washington's starting rotation, and made 5 starts before going on the 15-Day DL April 29 with a sprained left ankle...tossed 6.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball vs. New York (NL) April 28, when he injured the ankle during his 6th-inning at-bat...was reinstated from the DL May 15, and made the start that night vs. ATL...was touched for 5 runs on 7 hits in 2.0 innings, and was placed on the DL the next day with a strained right shoulder...was outrighted to Harrisburg on June 20, and released August 5...was winless in his 6 starts.
Spent majority of season pitching for Iowa of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League...pitched in big leagues for 4th straight
season, but appeared in only 5 games (2 starts) with CHI...all 5 big league appearances came in April...was member
of CHI's Opening Day roster...made Cubs debut on April 5 at CIN and posted a 3.60 ERA in 3 relief appearances from
April 5-11...made first Cubs start on April 15 at PIT...took the loss, despite allowing only 2 runs (one earned) in 6.0
innings...was optioned to Iowa on April 23 and never pitched for the Cubs again.
In minor leagues: Posted a 4.76 ERA in 29 games (16 starts) with Iowa...finished 5-7 with a 4.85 ERA in the 16 starts...notched a 4.35 ERA in 13 relief appearances with the I-Cubs...worked at least 6.0 innings in 7 of final 8 starts.
Jerome was a combined 6-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 22 games (20 starts) for San Francisco and the Cubs...opened the campaign in the Giants' starting rotation, struggling in his first three starts...made the first relief appearance of his big league career April 16 at Colorado...was optioned to Fresno (AAA) April 25 - and went 1-4 in six starts...was traded to the Cubs May 28 and reported to Iowa (AAA), where he made his first start for the organization May 31...earned his first win for the I-Cubs on June 5 at Memphis, pitching 6.0 innings and giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks...was recalled from Iowa (AAA) on June 21 and made his first start for the Cubs that night, earning the win in a 4-2 defeat of Milwaukee...pitched 7.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits...worked out of the bullpen for the second time in his career June 26 at U.S. Cellular Field, combining with
Mark Prior and Ryan Dempster on a 1-hit shutout of the White Sox...earned his first career win at Wrigley Field on August 23, working into the eighth inning in a 10-1 defeat of
Atlanta...allowed just 3 hits and 3 walks over 7.2 innings...also doubled and singled in the game for his first career multi-hit contest...posted a 2.40 ERA (11 ER/41.1 IP) over his final six starts, but went just 2-3 over the span...gave up more than 3 runs just once during that stretch - and held batters to a .252 average...worked 7.0 innings in all but one of the starts.
Sophomore campaign was limited to 22 starts due to right elbow surgery in early August...despite missing almost final 2 months of season, still ranked 3rd on club with career-high 10 victories, behind only Jason Schmidt (18) and Brett Tomko (11)...also ranked 5th on staff with 129.1 innings and 4th with 80 strikeouts...SF went 12-10 in his 22 efforts, winning 9 of his last 14 outings...worked 6.0 innings or more in 13 of his 22 outings (59.1%), including 8 of last 14...Giants were 11-1 (.917) in such outings...surrendered 3 earned runs or less in 16 of 22 efforts (72.7%)...yielded 2 walks or less in 16 of his 22 starts, however went over mark in 6 of his last 10 outings...was troubled by longball, surrendering 14 roundtrippers over 22 starts...went 5-2 with 3.38 ERA (24er, 64.0ip) over his last 10 road efforts with SF going 7-3 in those contests...fashioned 7-4 ledger with 4.09 ERA (37er, 81.1ip) over his last 14 starts, during which SF was 9-5...worked 7.0 innings in 6 of those 14 efforts...registered 9th victory July 20 at Arizona, defeating Randy Johnson and D-Backs by 3-1 count...marked 3rd career victory over Johnson in 3 tries...was activated from Disabled List prior to Sept. 16 game in Milwaukee, having been on shelf since July 31 with right triceps strain...was forced to leave July 30 start vs. St. Louis after 3.0-shutout innings, and underwent arthroscopic surgery on right elbow Aug. 4...hour-long procedure to remove loose bodies and shave bone spur was performed by Dr. Ken Akizuki...pitched twice in Arizona Instructional League following activation from DL...posted 10th and final victory of regular season in one of SF's most important games of year, defeating Padres 4-1 Sept. 30 in his 1st ML outing in exactly 2 months...allowed 1 run in 1st before shackling SD over next 6.0 innings to bring Giants into tie for Wild Card lead with Houston...fashioned 3-game winning streak April 12-24, logging 2.95 ERA (7er, 21.1ip) and .218 avg. against (17-for-78).
Ranked among NL rookie leaders in ERA (3rd - 3.30), innings (6th - 131.0), complete games (T1st - 2), shutouts (T2nd - 1), batting avg. against (4th - .242) and winning streak (T5th - 5)...his .583 winning pct. would have ranked 5th among senior circuit freshmen with enough decisions to qualify...Giants were 12-9 in his 21 starts, with 5 of 9 defeats being by 2 runs or less...worked 6.0 innings or more in 15 of 21 starts, including 5 outings of 7.0 frames or longer (2 complete games)...surrendered 3 earned runs or less in 17 of his 21 ML starts...made Major League debut April 26 at Philadelphia in emergency start while Jason Schmidt was on Bereavement List following passing of his mother...shut out Phillies for 1st 3.0 innings, before allowing 5 runs over next 2 frames...was recalled from triple-A Fresno for 2nd time June 3, taking roster and rotation spot of Kurt Ainsworth, who was disabled with right scapula fracture...earned 1st ML victory June 21 at Oakland, defeating A's and Tim Hudson 6-4...faced same Athletics club in next start June 27 at SBC Park and tossed 1st career shutout, blanking Oakland 6-0 on 7 hits...became 1st Giants rookie to post shutout since Mike Remlinger hurled 3-hitter to defeat Pittsburgh 4-0 June 15, 1991 at Candlestick...was just 21 years and 205 days old on June 27 to become youngest SF pitcher to toss whitewashing since rookie Pete Falcone (21 years and 204 days) blanked Houston 3-0 in nightcap of April 23, 1975 doubleheader at Astrodome...twirled 2nd career complete game July 7, defeating St. Louis 5-1 at SBC Park...retired 13 of final 16 batters faced, while also collecting 1st big league hit with double down left field line (off Lance Painter)...owned 5-game winning streak June 21-July 12, during which he tossed 2 complete games and logged miniscule 1.23 ERA (5er, 36.1ip)...5-contest winning streak matched 2nd-longest binge by SF rookie hurler since 1972, behind only 6-game run by Jeff Brantley in 1989...Elias Sosa (1973), Frank Williams (1984) and most recently John Burkett (1990) also logged 5-game skiens during 1st ML seasons...SD's Phil Nevin's HR July 26 snapped 64.2-inning homerless stretch to open career, longest since Ken Hill's 65.2-frame run in 1988-89...became just 4th Giants rookie to start post season contest, and 1st since 1937, when he took ball in Game 4 of NLDS at Florida...received no decision in contest, allowing 3 runs in 2-plus innings of SF's eventual 7-6 loss.
At 20 years of age, was youngest starting pitcher in Pacific Coast League, logging 28 opening assignments for triple-A Fresno...was just 6-11, but ranked 8th in offensive-friendly PCL with 3.59 ERA (64er, 160.2ip)...held opposing hitters to just .234 batting avg. (140-for-599), lowest among Grizzlies starters...notched 130 strikeouts to rank 5th among SF minor league hurlers...struggled out of gate, going 0-5 over his 1st 8 starts with 5.06 ERA (24er, 42.2ip)...quickly righted ship, however, and posted 6-5 mark with tidy 3.05 ERA (40er, 118.0ip) over his final 20 outings...began impressive summer run with 1st 2 triple-A victories, May 18 at Omaha and May 23 at Iowa when he fired combined 13.0-scoreless innings...in fact, was undefeated for 8-start stretch May 18-June 30, going 3-0 with 2.77 ERA (15er, 48.2ip)...lost next 3 decisions (4 starts) while allowing 15 runs in 20.1 innings (6.64 ERA)...was brilliant over final 8 starts of season, crafting 1.84 ERA (10er, 49.0ip) with 45 strikeouts...was named PCL HOWE SportsData Pitcher of Week for Aug. 26-Sept. 2...garnered accolade after going 1-0 and hurling 13.0 innings without allowing earned run (4h,3bb,13so) over final 2 starts of season...made 5 starts for Grand Canyon in Arizona Fall League and had stellar 2.05 ERA (5er, 22.0ip) while allowing .135 avg. against (10-for-74) with 25 strikeouts...impressive efforts led Baseball America
to label him 2nd-best ML pitching prospect in AFL.
Continued climb up Giants' organizational ladder, spending season with double-A Shreveport...despite being just 19-years-old, was arguably top starter on Swamp Dragons' staff, leading club in wins at 9-7 while posting solid 3.95 ERA (57er, 130.0ip)...showed good command, issuing just 34 walks in 130.0 frames while recording 84 strikeouts...was selected to participate in 2001 All-Star Futures Game in Seattle...earned Shreveport Pitcher of Month honors for Aug. after going 3-0 with 1.74 ERA (6er, 31.0ip) in 5 starts...twirled complete-game shutout Aug. 4 at Arkansas, firing 2-hitter in 7.0-inning contest.
Was 7-6 in 23 games (19 starts) at single-A San Jose, ranking 2nd in organization and 5th in California League with 2.94 ERA (41er, 125.2ip)...posted 115 strikeouts against just 48 walks...proved to be mystery to Cal League hitters, who mustered just .201 batting avg. against (89-for-443)...tabbed as Aug. Pitcher of Month for San Jose.
Made professional debut with single-A Salem-Keizer in short-season Northwest League...went 1-1 with 2.19 ERA (9er, 37.0ip) in 7 starts, including 1st career shutout...was named circuit's Howe SportsData Pitcher of Week for Aug. 23-29.