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Top Brandon Williamson News

  • Reds' Brandon Williamson: Shielded from Rule 5 draft

    Williamson was added to the Reds' 40-man roster Tuesday.

    Williamson split time between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville in 2022, recording a 4.11 ERA and 1.56 WHIP between the two affiliates. Giving batters a free pass to first has been his biggest issue lately -- he put up an alarming 6.0 BB/9 in Triple-A last season. The 24-year-old lefty will need to bring that number down before he can be entrusted with regular work at the highest level.

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  • Reds' Brandon Williamson: Finds success in second Triple-A start

    Williamson worked six innings in his second start for Triple-A Louisville on July 8, striking out four while allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk.

    Williamson was roughed up for four runs in four innings in his first start with Louisville earlier this month, but the 24-year-old lefty showed better form his second time out with the Triple-A club and tied a season high by covering six frames. He was promoted to Louisville on June 28 after submitting a 4.14 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 74:40 K:BB across 67.1 innings in 14 outings with Double-A Chattanooga.

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  • Reds' Brandon Williamson: Working around control issues

    Williamson has a 3.97 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 48:25 K:BB across 45.1 innings for Double-A Chattanooga.

    The 24-year-old lefty never ran into significant control issues when he was in the Mariners organization, but this year has been different. Williamson's issued at least three walks in five of his nine starts, but on the bright side, three of those came in his first four outings of the season. Across his last five games, he's put up a 2.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 29:10 K:BB over 29 innings, which is closer to what the Reds expected from him. If he can find a way to keep the walks in check consistently, he should move up to Triple-A at some point this summer.

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  • Reds' Brandon Williamson: Traded to Cincinnati

    Williamson, Jake Fraley and Justin Dunn were traded from the Mariners to the Reds on Monday in exchange for Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Williamson was one of Seattle's top pitching prospects and is a key piece of the deal for Cincinnati. The 23-year-old began 2021 at the High-A level before being promoted to Double-A, where he rebounded from tough start and finished with a 3.48 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 94:23 K:BB across 67.1 innings (13 starts). A 2019 second-round pick, Williamson has limited professional experience but could debut later this summer if he has continued success in the upper levels.

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  • Mariners' Brandon Williamson: Challenged at Double-A

    Williamson has had a tough time in his first three Double-A starts, giving up 11 runs on 18 hits with a 13:6 K:BB through 14 innings.

    That stands in stark contrast to his performance with High-A Everett, where Williamson pitched to a 3.19 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with a mind-bending 17.1 K/9. The big lefty has certainly been hit hard since being promoted to Double-A, but it's a small sample, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him get right soon. There's a fairly high level of variance with Williamson, as he could end up as a mid-rotation starter or a bullpen guy. As is often the case for pitching prospects, command refinement and further development of his offspeed stuff are the keys to his future.

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  • Mariners' Brandon Williamson: Joining major-league camp

    Williamson has been invited to major-league spring training, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Williamson will join the team's major-league camp for the final few weeks of spring training, although he won't appear in any Cactus League games. He'll likely begin the regular season at the High-A or Double-A level after working with the big-league coaching staff this spring.

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  • Mariners' Brandon Williamson: Makes training roster

    Williamson will be part of the Mariners' 60-man training roster.

    Williamson is one of the top sleepers in Seattle's farm system. The 6-foot-6 southpaw would have likely been assigned to High-A in a normal season, and while he has a chance to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter long term, the Mariners probably won't rush his development to the point that he would pitch in MLB games this season. He had a 2.35 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 25:5 K:BB in 15.1 innings with short-season Everett last season after getting drafted out of TCU with the No. 59 overall pick.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Fairmont, MN
Age: 24
School: TCU
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, L