Devin Williams- of Hazelwood West High School located in the state of Missouri is one lanky 6’3 right hander that is about as free and easy as they can come on the bump. Committed to playing his college baseball at the University of Missouri next fall could in fact be an arm taking in the early rounds of this years MLB draft.
Ranked as the number 2 player currently in PBR’s rankings of the 2013 class in the state of Missouri, and ranked as the 10th best player overall by PBR in this year’s entire 2013 class.
Williams brings a high 3/4 arm action that goes hand in hand with his long lanky stride. Williams is just barely 170 lbs, but can makes his pitches look easy as he touches low 90’s on his fastball.
A fastball that sits between 91 and 93 and a deadly 12 to 6 curveball that will sit in the upper 70’s, Williams is already in the making of a solid future starter at the college or pro level. His arm action is very effortless and long stride creates great high velocity with hardly any arm usage.
William’s curveball can be thrown on two different levels making it extremely difficult on hitter’s to figure out where the break is going to take place. William’s will also throw a changeup that is still developing, but it starting to become a pitch worth noting.
The changeup has some late fade action to it that at this point is only going to get better. Williams will throw his changeup around 81,82 mph and is progressively developing more confidence to throw this pitch in any kind of count.
As a Junior in high school last year Williams k’d 52 batters in 32 innings pitched, good enough to have a k average of over 11 k’s per game. Williams only walked 13 batters as well this past season.
Williams, with an impressive senior season of high school could easily get taking high in this year’s draft. Easy arm action, a very projectable pitcher, I don’t see him falling past this year’s 4th round in the draft.
The only question that remains would be, how late in the draft is too late for Williams to pass on a pro team and go ahead to taking classes this fall at Mizzou. I grade out Williams OFP as a 60.
He will be a great asset to any Major League club that takes him.