Sr. Advisor to the GM
Donnie Williams is in his 14th season with the Royals, serving as Senior Advisor to the General Manager after previously working as a Major League Scout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, beginning in 1996. In 2003, Williams was named Midwest Scout of the Year. He is no stranger to Royals’ General Manager Dayton Moore’s philosophy of developing young talent, as he worked with the Braves as a scout from 1981-96. He joined the Braves as an area supervisor and regional cross-checker in 1981 and was promoted to Major League scout in 1987, a position he held through 1996.
Williams also worked for the San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1980. He joined the organization in 1969 as part of the franchise’s original group of scouts and served as an area scout, cross-checker and minor league coordinator. He was also a Major League coach for the Padres from 1977-80, serving as first base coach, third base coach and bench coach during those four seasons.
Williams signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 at the age of 17 out of high school as a shortstop and spent 10 years in the system, capped by a 1967 season as player/coach. He resides in Paragould, Ark., with his wife, Marianne. They have three children: Jamie, Tom and Briget.