AFL: Trevor Williams Allows First Run Since Being Acquired by Pirates

On Saturday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Glendale lost 4-3 to Peoria, dropping the Desert Dogs to 11-14 on the season. The only two Pirates to get into the game were Trevor Williams and Brett McKinney, who each threw an inning out of the bullpen. There are four games left in the AFL season.

Brett McKinney came out for the fourth inning and threw just six pitches in his one frame. All six pitches went for strikes and he allowed a ground-rule double in between three quick outs. McKinney recorded two ground outs and a fly ball that ended the inning. His fastballs were all 93 mph and he threw three cutters, which were 88-90 mph.

Since being acquired by the Pirates, Trevor Williams had thrown 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and no walks. His outing on Saturday broke that scoreless streak. Pitching the seventh inning, Williams hit the first batter he faced. He then gave up a single, which was followed by an infield pop up for the first out. Another single broke the scoreless streak and gave Peoria a 4-2 lead. Williams then got two ground outs to end the inning without anymore damage.

Williams threw 18 pitches total, 11 for strikes. His fastball was sitting 89-92, while he mixed in five change-ups in the 79-80 mph range and one slider(82 mph), which went for a ball. Tim Williams posted an in depth article covering the pitching philosophy of Trevor Williams and how it fits into the Pirates’ system.

  • like the fact that two of the three out were ground balls. I wonder how hard the singles were? Low velosity is also very important.