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September 25, 2013

Notes from the Field

AZL Scouting Notes, Part Two

by Jason Cole


After covering top Arizona League prospect Clint Frazier in part one of my AZL scouting notes series, I profile another batch of intriguing players today, including an athletic power arm in Brewers second-round pick Devin Williams. The complex leagues make for a fun scouting environment, but it’s often a difficult one with so much youth and projection involved. In addition to Williams, part two features some of the circuit’s youngest talents, including Diamondbacks shortstop Sergio Alcantara and his July 1996 birthdate.

Devin Williams | RHP | AZL Brewers
DOB: 09/21/1994
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 165 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Acquired: 2nd round, 2013, Hazelwood West HS (Hazelwood, MO)
Result: 4.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
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Notes: Williams has the highest ceiling of the AZL arms I saw this summer, and he was my personal favorite from the circuit. Very good athlete with standout arm speed and a projectable 6’3”, 165 lbs. frame; long and lanky with room to add muscle, though he may always be on the lean side; extremely long legs; arm slot slightly above 3/4; drops and drives a bit and stuff lacks plane; some present repeatability issues in his delivery lead to iffy control, but given the athleticism, he should be able to repeat with continued refinement; plus present fastball with 70-grade projection; fastball could be a monster pitch; sat 92-94 mph, reaching up to 95-96 a handful of times in the four-inning start; pounded lower half of strike zone; some late wiggle and natural weight to offering; hitters didn’t square it; he clearly loves the pitch; finished the start by throwing 44 consecutive fastballs, retiring last 10 hitters he faced.

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