AFL: Trevor Williams Looks Good in First Outing With Pirates

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday afternoon, newly-acquired Trevor Williams made his debut with Glendale in a 10-9 loss, with Mesa putting up six runs in the ninth inning. The Marlins sent him to the AFL this year, where he appeared in one game with Mesa before the trade to the Pirates on Saturday. In that one appearance, he allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk in two innings.

On Monday, Williams came in during the top of the seventh against his old team. He got the first batter to strikeout looking on the seventh pitch of the at-bat. He got the next hitter to ground out to third base, before another seven pitch at-bat that ended in a strikeout, this time swinging. Ten of his 16 pitches went for strikes. That was the end of his day.

Adam Frazier was the only Pirates’ player in the lineup, batting second and playing shortstop. He came into the game with a team high 1.224 OPS in his first four games. Frazier was called out on strikes in the first inning, then popped out to second base in the third. In the fifth, he grounded out to first base. Frazier struck out again in the seventh, this time going down swinging. He got another shot to bat with two runners in scoring position and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, with Glendale up 8-4. He ended up grounding out to first base, finishing 0-for-5 on the day. Frazier was the only player in the game(both teams) not to collect a hit. In the third inning, he made a fielding error, which led to an unearned run.

  • Ok, can someone explain this to me. Did we just steal this guy?
    Is there something about this that we do not know?
    Did he make someone mad at Miami? What is the deal?

  • Glad to see Williams do well, and the numbers he put up in the 2nd half of the season at AA were very impressive – 14 Starts, 76.2 IP, 7-2, 2.83 ERA, 60K/21W. Now, the first half I think he lost the first 6 games so we should conveniently forget them and hope that he has turned the corner.

    I guess the BP in Glendale is very shaky. A shutout for 7 innings and then lose 10-9 in 9 innings.

  • If Frazier has a 2016 like he had a 2015, he will force himself onto the Pirates (or some other teams) roster?

    • foo: I like the kid – he can make contact for average, has a good eye at the plate, hits LH, but has no power. Defensively, his work at SS has been less than adequate (52 errors in the last 170 games). Therefore, I do not see him competing for time with Mercer and Kang, and I think the Pirates have rightfully identified Alen Hanson as our future at 2B

    • Moroff was better defensively and had more line drive power