Williams joined the Cubs on a minor league deal in January of this year following eight years with the Atlanta Braves organization that included 34 games (31 starts) with the Braves spanning the 2015-16 campaigns...Is 9-9 with a complete game, one save and a 5.18 ERA (98 ER/170.1 IP) in his 34 major league outings (31 starts) ... has walked 66 and struck out 100...Owns a 32-27 record with three complete games, one shutout, one save and a 3.30 ERA (200 ER/546.0 IP) in 118 career minor league games, including 98 starts...Was a Southern League mid-season and post-season All-Star in 2014 for Double-A Mississippi ... started the Southern League All-Star Game for the South squad, tossing a scoreless inning.
Williams missed part of the season for Atlanta due to a right rotator cuff strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list, June 7 ... transferred to the 60-day D.L., August 7, before he was activated, September 2 ... all told, went 2-3 with a 6.04 ERA (36 ER/53.2 IP) in 11 starts in his final season with the Braves...Right-handed hitters batted .248 (26-for-105) against him with a .292 on-base percentage while lefties hit .295 (31-for-105) with a .353 OBP...Was 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA (9 ER/26.1 IP) in four May starts, walking four and striking out 13...Tied his career high with 8.0 innings pitched, May 11 vs. the Phillies ... allowed one run on two hits and no walks while he struck out four in the 5-1 victory...While on the shelf, went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA (6 ER/11.0 IP) in three rehab appearances with the Gulf Coast League Braves, Single-A Rome and Triple-A Gwinnett from August 22-September 1...Made two starts after being activated, allowing 11 runs in 5.0 total innings to raise his ERA from 4.62 to 6.04.
Split the season between Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta, making his MLB debut and going 7-6 with one save and a 4.78 ERA in 23 games, 20 starts for the Braves. Also landed on the 15-day disabled list from 6/27-7/31, and missed 28 games with a left foot contusion…Ranked sixth among NL rookies in wins (7) and innings pitched (116.2). Was one of four NL rookies to toss a complete game, with San Francisco's Chris Heston the only one to throw two. His 20 starts ranked seventh among NL rookies and he became one of 10 Braves pitchers since 1990 to make at least 20 starts in his rookie season…Opened the season with the G-Braves before being recalled on 5/6 and making his MLB debut two days later at WSH. Allowed four runs, earned, in relief while getting one out and a no-decision in a 9-2 loss…Made his first career start 5/20 vs. TB. Received a no-decision in a 2-1 win despite allowing one run, earned, over 5.0 innings with seven strikeouts. Went 7-6 with a 4.61 ERA (58 ER/113.1 IP) in 20 starts and 0-0 with a save and a 10.80 ERA (4 ER/3.1 IP) in three games out of the bullpen…Earned his first career win with 7.0 shutout innings in an 8-0 victory, 5/30 at San Francisco…Went 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA (10 ER/42.0 IP) in his first seven starts before going to the DL. In his first seven starts after returning, 7/31-9/2, went 0-6 with a 9.50 ERA (38 ER/36.0 IP). Over his final five starts of the season, 9/7-9/30, went 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA (8 ER/30.2 IP)…Tossed a scoreless 11th inning to earn his first save in a 5-3 win, 6/13 at NYM. Became the first Braves pitcher to make at least one start and earn a save in the same season since Kris Medlen in 2012…Allowed nine runs, earned, over 4.1 innings in a 9-3 loss at PHI. Became the only rookie in franchise history during the Atlanta era to allow nine earned runs in a game. Steve Avery was the only other rookie to allow nine runs in a game, doing so on 9/16/90 vs. San Diego…Tossed a complete game on 8/11 at TB, going 8.0 innings and allowing two runs, earned, to become the first Braves rookie to go the distance since 2008, when Jorge Campillo did it on 6/15 at LAA. Became the first Brave with a complete game in one of his first 14 career games since 1990, when Paul Marak tossed a four-hitter to beat Houston on 9/23. Needed 92 pitches to finish the game, the fewest by a Braves pitcher in a complete game since 2000, when Greg Maddux used 89 to beat Florida, 4-0. Full Name: Williams David Perez Bats: Right Throws: Right M.L. Service: 0.149 Height: 6-0 Weight: 240 Born: 5/21/91 in Acarigua, Venezuela Acquired: Signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on January 12, 2009. Contract Status: Signed through 2016. WILLIAMS PEREZ PITCHER 57 30452 Braves Media Guide_164-230_Players-N-Z_r1.indd 176 3/21/16 11:05 AM 177 PEREZ…Went just 1.2 innings on 8/28 vs. the New York Yankees, allowing eight runs to become the fifth starter in Atlanta history (since 1966) to allow eight runs or more in a start of 1.2 innings or fewer. Tommy Hanson last did it prior to Perez on 5/20/10 vs. Cincinnati (8 R in 1.2 IP)…Was optioned to Gwinnett on 8/29, but returned from the minor leagues on 9/2 to take the place of the injured Mike Foltynewicz. Went 5.0 IP that day vs. MIA, but allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits and suffered a 7-3 loss…Won organizational April Pitcher of the Month honors for the G-Braves after going 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in four April turns. For the season, went 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA in eight games, all starts, for Gwinnett.
Tabbed by the organization as the Mississippi Pitcher of the Year after pitching to a 2.91 ERA (43 ER/133.0 IP) over 25 starts and logging a team-leading 94 strikeouts...Established career highs in games (26), starts (25) and innings pitched (133.0), while collecting seven wins, the second-best single-season amount in his career...Ranked in the Top 10 among Braves farmhands in starters ERA (4th, 2.91), starters average against (5th, .241), wins (T5th, 7), starters WHIP (6th, 1.19), innings (7th, 133.0) and strikeouts (10th, 94)...Started for the Southern League South All-Stars in the 2014 SL All-Star Game, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning with one hit and one strikeout...Picked up SL post-season All-Star honors to pair with his SL Mid-Season All-Star selection...Was named SL Pitcher of the Week for the week ending 8/25 after going 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA over two starts, yielding six hits and one run while fanning 12 over 14.0 innings...Tossed a career-high 8.0 innings on 8/24 vs. Birmingham, allowing four hits and one run while fanning six...Ended the season on a four-game winning streak, with a 1.42 ERA (7 GS, 6 ER/38.0 IP) in that span.
Combined to go 11-6 with a 3.53 ERA (49 ER/125.0) in 23 appearances between Rome (A) and Lynchburg (High-A), earning Lynchburg Pitcher of the Year honors along the way...Made 14 appearances (13) with the R-Braves before transferring to Lynchburg on 7/15...His 11 combined wins were second-most in the organization, while his 1.27 WHIP and 106 strikeouts ranked eighth and ninth, respectively...Tabbed as Lynchburg Pitcher of the Month for July after going 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA (9 ER/35.0 IP) with 33 strikeouts...Went 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA in his first four starts with Lynchburg, surrendering just three runs (two earned) in 24.0 innings.
His 54 strikeouts were good for first on the club, while his four wins were third-most...6.00 SO/BB ratio also led Danville (R)...Played for the Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League, allowing one unearned run over three innings in his lone appearance.
Pitched a combined 13 games (six starts) between Danville (R) and GCL Braves...Went a combined 4-0 with a 2.75 ERA, 38 strikeouts and 17 walks.
Was winless in 12 appearances (11 starts) with the GCL Braves as he went 0-6 with a 5.63 ERA.
Selected by the Braves organization as the Dominican Summer League Pitcher of the Month for July (1-1, 1.50 ERA, 5 GS, 30.0 IP, 5 ER).