Saints Sign Another Twins Prospect, Former Third Round Pick Pitcher Corey WilliamsST. PAUL, MN July 27, 2016
As the Saints head into the final month of the season Manager George Tsamis is making moves to strengthen his roster in hopes of collecting a second straight division title. The Saints signed left-handed reliever, and former Minnesota Twins prospect, Corey Williams.
The 26-year-old Williams was pitching at Double-A Chattanooga this season and went 2-0 with a 4.14 ERA in 22 relief appearances. In 37.0 innings pitched he walked 26 and struck out 27 while opponents hit just .231 against him.
A third round pick out of Vanderbilt University in 2011 Williams had solid seasons during his first two years with the Twins organization. After beginning his career at Rookie level Elizabethton in 2011 and going 1-1 with one save in seven relief appearances he spent all of 2012 at Single-A Beloit. While there he was the Snappers closer going 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA and 17 saves in 18 opportunities over 47 relief appearances. In 62.1 innings pitched he struck out 68 while opponents hit .234 against him. He finished fourth in the league in saves and fifth in games finished (36). The impressive season earned him Post-Season All-Star accolades in the Midwest League.
Entering the 2013 season Williams was ranked the number 16 prospect in the Twins organization according to MiLB.com. He used the momentum from 2012 and the MiLB.com accolades to have a great start to 2013 at High-A Fort Myers where he went 0-0 with a 3.70 ERA and nine saves in 20 relief appearances in the first half of the season earning him a spot in the Florida State League All-Star Game. Overall he was 0-2 with a 5.16 ERA and 10 saves in 35 relief appearances. In 45.1 innings pitched he struck out 43 while opponents hit .257 against him.
After missing all of 2014 due to Tommy John Surgery, Williams came back strong in 2015 going 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 29 relief appearances at High-A Fort Myers. He was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on August 14 and in seven relief appearances went 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
Williams had a standout career at Vanderbilt and came back from a devastating knee injury in 2010 when he had a line drive hit and break his kneecap in an April 3 game against Florida. He came back in the 2010-11 season and went 2-0 with a 4.43 ERA and two saves in 29 games (one start). In 38.1 innings pitched he struck out 37 and opponents hit .213 against him.
In his senior year in high school Williams was the 2007-08 All-Metro Pitcher of the Year by the Huntsville Times and All-State 3A Pitcher of the Year at Madison Academy. He also holds the school record for most strikeouts and innings pitched.
Williams becomes the sixth former Twins farmhand currently on the Saints roster.
The Saints also placed infielder Nate Hanson on the disabled list on Monday, with a hamstring injury, added outfielder Willie Argo on the disabled list retroactive to July 23, and moved catcher Maxx Garrett from the disabled list to the inactive list.
The Saints currently have 22 players on the roster, one shy of the league maximum, 11 pitchers and 11 position players.