04-23-2012, 12:12 PM #1
Corey Williams, 6-1, 208, LHP, was the Twins 3rd round (117th overall) selection in the 2011 draft. Born on Independence Day, 1990, he signed (which was somewhat surprising to me) on July 27, 2011 for an above-slot 575K and was assigned to Elizabethton.
As a redshirt-sophomore, Corey had leverage against the Twins and parlayed that into high 2nd-round money. Although his numbers weren't great in 2011, he was the most-trusted arm in Vanderbilt's College World Series team bullpen.
You might ask, "How did he do in 2010?" Watch this (like half a million others have) and you'll find out how 2010 went. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nle8-1K-wTw. You'll also see why myself (and many others) believe he has a special toughness that makes him a special player.
His 2011 stat line in the Appy league: 1-1, 3.86 ERA, 7 games, 11.2 IP, 12 H, 5 BB, 5 ER and 11 K.
He's currently holding up the back-end of the Snappers bullpen with a low 90's fastball, a hard slider, a curveball and a change-up that is in its early stages. While starting isn't out of the realm of possibilities, I see him with a Glen Perkins-type of duty in the future.
I'm extremely excited to get the opportunity to watch Corey pitch this weekend (hopefully!) as I make my annual trip to Beloit.
04-23-2012, 05:26 PM #2
I decided to do some in-depth research and put my Excel wizardry to the test. What follows is a lot of pitching stats broken down. I will update this after Williams pitches.
(Small sample size warning.)
I'm a little brain-fried right now to make too much out of this, but one thing I did notice (that doesn't show up) is the abundance of 1-3 putouts: 3. That's out of 14 total, non-strikeout outs.
I'm also going to add G0/FO to my spreadsheet and that will be reflected on the next update.
So with that... enjoy! (And hopefully you find more enjoyment than most left-handed hitters find against Williams.)
RH bat LH bat OPP BA
0.222 by RH/LH 0.263 0.125 OPP OBP
0.276 by RH/LH 0.263 0.300 OPP SLG
0.333 by RH/LH 0.421 0.125 OPP OPS
0.609 by RH/LH 0.684 0.425 BABIP
0.300 by RH/LH 0.313 0.250 WHIP
1.00 by RH/LH 1.07 0.86 K/9
9.00 by RH/LH 5.79 15.43 DICE
1.86 by RH/LH 1.71 2.14 ERA
3.86 RH bat LH bat TOTAL AT BATS 19 8 27 HITS Total Hits 5 1 6 INF 1B 1 0 1 1B 2 1 3 2B 1 0 1 3B 1 0 1 HR 0 0 0 BB 0 1 1 HBP 0 1 1 IBB 0 0 0 SAC 0 0 0 OUTS 14 7 21 STRIKEOUTS
3 4 7
04-23-2012, 06:07 PM #3
04-23-2012, 08:24 PM #4
Corey pitched the bottom of the 8th of a 6-1 loss tonight. He didn't have a great outing, although he retired all three batters he faced by strikeout (including a called 3rd strike against former college teammate Aaron Westlake, who argued the call and was promptly ejected). He was tagged for two extra base hits (his first two of the season against LH hitters) and we witness what happens when our sample size is so small, he has been otherwise dominant against LH hitters.
RH bat LH bat BA
by RH/LH 0.238 0.273 OBP
0.333 by RH/LH 0.273 0.429 SLG
0.469 by RH/LH 0.381 0.636 OPS
0.802 by RH/LH 0.654 1.065 BABIP
0.333 by RH/LH 0.313 0.400 WHIP
1.25 by RH/LH 0.94 1.88 K/9
11.25 by RH/LH 8.44 16.88 DICE
3.63 by RH/LH 1.69 7.50 GO/FO
2.50 by RH/LH 1.75 3.00 <-no flyouts ERA
04-25-2012, 09:26 PM #5
Corey Williams closed out tonight's win for the Snappers. He faced 4 RH, striking out two, walking one and getting a fly out to RF, a common occurrence. It would seem that right-handed hitters aren't catching up to his fastball...?
Tonight's performance brings his yearly stats to 0-1, 5.00 ERA, 12 K, 3 SV in 9 IP.
RH bat LH bat OPP BA
0.229 by RH/LH 0.208 0.273 OPP OBP
0.325 by RH/LH 0.269 0.429 OPP SLG
0.429 by RH/LH 0.333 0.636 OPP OPS
0.754 by RH/LH 0.603 1.065 BABIP
0.318 by RH/LH 0.294 0.400 WHIP
1.22 by RH/LH 0.95 1.88 K/9
12.00 by RH/LH 9.95 16.88 DICE
3.44 by RH/LH 1.74 7.50 GO/FO
2.00 by RH/LH 1.40 3.00 <-no flyouts
04-28-2012, 07:59 PM #6
Watched the Snappers lose to Dayton 7-3, but got a chance to talk with Corey Williams after the game.
Big thanks to Corey Williams, my drunk brother cameraman, my other drunk brother's creepy hand in the background and the biggest thanks to Chrissy Scaffidi for helping me set this up.
04-28-2012, 08:28 PM #7
Cool stuff! I met Corey in ST last month. Nice kid. Really good stuff, he can start and I bet he wants to start.-----
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
04-29-2012, 10:28 PM #8
04-29-2012, 11:49 PM #9
04-30-2012, 05:15 AM #10
Awesome job man, thats too cool. Its a shame that Beloit, wisc. is really the only within real driving distance farm team from the area.
I do think Corey could be a starter, but it'd be nice to try and develop another Perkins. 91-93 is plenty plenty on the heater.Top Twins prospects ?
1. Miguel Sano (3B-A+) 2. Byron Buxton (OF-RK) 3. Alex Meyer (SP-AA) 4. Aaron Hicks (OF-AAA), 5. Oswaldo Arcia (OF-AA) 6. Eddie Rosario (2B-A+) 7. Kyle Gibson (SP-AAA) 8. Trevor May (SP-AA) 9. J.O. Berrios (P-RK) 10. Travis Harrison (3B-A) 11. Max Kepler (OF-A) 12. Joe Benson (OF-AAA)13. Jorge Polanco (SS-A) 14. Chris Herrmann (C-AAA) 15. BJ Hermsen (SP-AAA)
04-30-2012, 09:34 AM #11
Thanks guys. I was pretty pumped. The break in videos was due to the radio guy talking so loud, so we actually talked to him for 10 minutes or so. He was telling us about how he was supposed to be on SportsNation after the YouTube play, but was drugged so heavily from pain meds that he fell asleep and missed five phone calls. He then showed us his enormous scar, which my brother had to take a picture of...
He was a cool guy. It sounds like he wants to stay in the bullpen... I have the full inning he pitched on video and I'll upload it tonight, so you can judge for yourself if you like him in relief. You'll see him make a pretty good defensive play against the first guy he faced too.
04-30-2012, 10:19 AM #12
true story. at least i didn't ask if i could touch it.
04-30-2012, 09:12 PM #13
You can view the top of the 9th inning of Sunday's game here. I was trying to watch the game outside of the viewfinder, so you're not going to see the best quality video, but enough to get the point across.
RH bat LH bat OPP BA 0.231 by RH/LH 0.231 0.231 OPP OBP 0.318 by RH/LH 0.286 0.375 OPP SLG 0.410 by RH/LH 0.346 0.538 OPP OPS 0.728 by RH/LH 0.632 0.913 BABIP 0.320 by RH/LH 0.316 0.333 WHIP 1.20 by RH/LH 1.05 1.50 K/9 11.70 by RH/LH 9.45 16.20 DICE 3.20 by RH/LH 1.80 6.00 GO/FO 1.83 by RH/LH 1.17 4.00 <-no flyouts ERA 4.50
05-01-2012, 11:32 AM #14
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05-02-2012, 09:59 PM #16
Corey Williams earned a 2-inning save tonight in the Snappers win. That's his 4th (organizational lead-tying) save. I'm not going to post the whole chart, but highlight some stats that stick out. (Remember, this is a 12-inning sample.)
.200 opponent batting average
11.25 combined K/9
14.54 K/9 vs LH batters
All of his non-K outs against lefties have come by groundball.
Pretty impressive numbers!
05-09-2012, 09:21 PM #17
Oliver Zapata can't touch Corey Williams.
And, with that one out, Corey Williams records save #5 in Beloit's 2-1 victory tonight.
05-20-2012, 12:34 PM #18
My data stopped matching up with MiLB.com's, so I'll be using their info from here on out...
1-1, 3.57. 6 SV. 17.2 IP, 15 H, 9 BB. 20 K. OBA .224. 2.3 GO/FO.
5.40 ERA. 5 IP, 3 ER, 3H, 4 BB, 7 K. .167 OBA. 8-0 GO:FO.
2.84 ERA. 12.2 IP, 4 ER, 12 H, 5 BB, 13 K. .245 OBA. 1.50 GO/FO.
Williams is getting most of the save opportunities, but has also started to get longer work in non-save ops. At his worst, he's a very good lefty/lefty match-up. At his best, he's striking out lots of batters - both right- and left-handed.
06-09-2012, 10:50 AM #19
Williams picked up a three-inning save last night (his seventh). He registered his first two strikeouts in June, but also walked three. Total speculation, but if/when some of the college draftees sign and progress to Beloit, it wouldn't surprise me if Williams got a shot to move up to the Miracle bullpen.
06-09-2012, 11:03 AM #20