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Jeremy Nygaard
04-23-2012, 12:12 PM
Corey Williams, 6-1, 208, LHP, was the Twins 3rd round (117th overall) selection in the 2011 draft. Born on Independence Day, 1990, he signed (which was somewhat surprising to me) on July 27, 2011 for an above-slot 575K and was assigned to Elizabethton.

As a redshirt-sophomore, Corey had leverage against the Twins and parlayed that into high 2nd-round money. Although his numbers weren't great in 2011, he was the most-trusted arm in Vanderbilt's College World Series team bullpen.

You might ask, "How did he do in 2010?" Watch this (like half a million others have) and you'll find out how 2010 went. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nle8-1K-wTw. You'll also see why myself (and many others) believe he has a special toughness that makes him a special player.

His 2011 stat line in the Appy league: 1-1, 3.86 ERA, 7 games, 11.2 IP, 12 H, 5 BB, 5 ER and 11 K.

He's currently holding up the back-end of the Snappers bullpen with a low 90's fastball, a hard slider, a curveball and a change-up that is in its early stages. While starting isn't out of the realm of possibilities, I see him with a Glen Perkins-type of duty in the future.

I'm extremely excited to get the opportunity to watch Corey pitch this weekend (hopefully!) as I make my annual trip to Beloit.

Jeremy Nygaard
04-23-2012, 05:26 PM
I decided to do some in-depth research and put my Excel wizardry to the test. What follows is a lot of pitching stats broken down. I will update this after Williams pitches.

(Small sample size warning.)

I'm a little brain-fried right now to make too much out of this, but one thing I did notice (that doesn't show up) is the abundance of 1-3 putouts: 3. That's out of 14 total, non-strikeout outs.

I'm also going to add G0/FO to my spreadsheet and that will be reflected on the next update.

So with that... enjoy! (And hopefully you find more enjoyment than most left-handed hitters find against Williams.)




RH bat
LH bat



OPP BA

0.222



by RH/LH
0.263
0.125









OPP OBP

0.276



by RH/LH
0.263
0.300









OPP SLG

0.333



by RH/LH
0.421
0.125









OPP OPS

0.609



by RH/LH
0.684
0.425









BABIP

0.300



by RH/LH
0.313
0.250









WHIP

1.00



by RH/LH
1.07
0.86









K/9

9.00



by RH/LH
5.79
15.43









DICE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense-Independent_Component_ERA)

1.86



by RH/LH
1.71
2.14









ERA

3.86










RH bat
LH bat
TOTAL


AT BATS
19
8
27








HITS





Total Hits
5
1
6


INF 1B
1
0
1


1B
2
1
3


2B
1
0
1


3B
1
0
1


HR
0
0
0








BB
0
1
1


HBP
0
1
1


IBB
0
0
0


SAC
0
0
0








OUTS
14
7
21


STRIKEOUTS

3
4
7

Shane Wahl
04-23-2012, 06:07 PM
Very nice job!

Jeremy Nygaard
04-23-2012, 08:24 PM
Corey pitched the bottom of the 8th of a 6-1 loss tonight. He didn't have a great outing, although he retired all three batters he faced by strikeout (including a called 3rd strike against former college teammate Aaron Westlake, who argued the call and was promptly ejected). He was tagged for two extra base hits (his first two of the season against LH hitters) and we witness what happens when our sample size is so small, he has been otherwise dominant against LH hitters.




RH bat
LH bat



BA

0.250




by RH/LH
0.238
0.273









OBP

0.333



by RH/LH
0.273
0.429









SLG

0.469



by RH/LH
0.381
0.636









OPS

0.802



by RH/LH
0.654
1.065









BABIP

0.333



by RH/LH
0.313
0.400









WHIP

1.25



by RH/LH
0.94
1.88









K/9

11.25



by RH/LH
8.44
16.88









DICE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense-Independent_Component_ERA)

3.63



by RH/LH
1.69
7.50









GO/FO

2.50



by RH/LH
1.75
3.00
<-no flyouts








ERA

5.63

Jeremy Nygaard
04-25-2012, 09:26 PM
Corey Williams closed out tonight's win for the Snappers. He faced 4 RH, striking out two, walking one and getting a fly out to RF, a common occurrence. It would seem that right-handed hitters aren't catching up to his fastball...?

Tonight's performance brings his yearly stats to 0-1, 5.00 ERA, 12 K, 3 SV in 9 IP.




RH bat
LH bat



OPP BA

0.229



by RH/LH
0.208
0.273









OPP OBP

0.325



by RH/LH
0.269
0.429









OPP SLG

0.429



by RH/LH
0.333
0.636









OPP OPS

0.754



by RH/LH
0.603
1.065









BABIP

0.318



by RH/LH
0.294
0.400









WHIP

1.22



by RH/LH
0.95
1.88









K/9

12.00



by RH/LH
9.95
16.88









DICE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense-Independent_Component_ERA)

3.44



by RH/LH
1.74
7.50









GO/FO

2.00



by RH/LH
1.40
3.00
<-no flyouts

Jeremy Nygaard
04-28-2012, 07:59 PM
Watched the Snappers lose to Dayton 7-3, but got a chance to talk with Corey Williams after the game.


http://youtu.be/xZS9G6xcsFo


http://youtu.be/EcPbK6iq4co

Big thanks to Corey Williams, my drunk brother cameraman, my other drunk brother's creepy hand in the background and the biggest thanks to Chrissy Scaffidi for helping me set this up.

Thrylos
04-28-2012, 08:28 PM
Cool stuff! I met Corey in ST last month. Nice kid. Really good stuff, he can start and I bet he wants to start.

Seth Stohs
04-29-2012, 10:28 PM
Great interview Jeremy!! Really enjoyed it!

Nick Nelson
04-29-2012, 11:49 PM
Awesome work Jeremy! Love seeing this kind of stuff.

shs_59
04-30-2012, 05:15 AM
Awesome job man, thats too cool. Its a shame that Beloit, wisc. is really the only within real driving distance farm team from the area.

I do think Corey could be a starter, but it'd be nice to try and develop another Perkins. 91-93 is plenty plenty on the heater.

Jeremy Nygaard
04-30-2012, 09:34 AM
Thanks guys. I was pretty pumped. The break in videos was due to the radio guy talking so loud, so we actually talked to him for 10 minutes or so. He was telling us about how he was supposed to be on SportsNation after the YouTube play, but was drugged so heavily from pain meds that he fell asleep and missed five phone calls. He then showed us his enormous scar, which my brother had to take a picture of...

He was a cool guy. It sounds like he wants to stay in the bullpen... I have the full inning he pitched on video and I'll upload it tonight, so you can judge for yourself if you like him in relief. You'll see him make a pretty good defensive play against the first guy he faced too.

justin_nygaard
04-30-2012, 10:19 AM
true story. at least i didn't ask if i could touch it.

Jeremy Nygaard
04-30-2012, 09:12 PM
You can view the top of the 9th inning of Sunday's game here. I was trying to watch the game outside of the viewfinder, so you're not going to see the best quality video, but enough to get the point across.


http://youtu.be/BRW80SiP6U8




RH bat
LH bat



OPP BA
0.231




by RH/LH
0.231
0.231









OPP OBP

0.318




by RH/LH
0.286
0.375









OPP SLG
0.410




by RH/LH
0.346
0.538









OPP OPS
0.728




by RH/LH
0.632
0.913









BABIP
0.320




by RH/LH
0.316
0.333









WHIP
1.20




by RH/LH
1.05
1.50









K/9
11.70




by RH/LH
9.45
16.20









DICE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense-Independent_Component_ERA)
3.20




by RH/LH
1.80
6.00









GO/FO

1.83




by RH/LH
1.17
4.00
<-no flyouts








ERA
4.50

Seth Stohs
05-01-2012, 11:32 AM
The newest "Get to know the Snappers" installment is up, and it's on Corey Williams. Check it out here: http://beloit.snappers.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120501&content_id=30120362&vkey=news_t554&fext=.jsp&sid=t554

Jeremy Nygaard
05-01-2012, 11:53 AM
The newest "Get to know the Snappers" installment is up, and it's on Corey Williams. Check it out here: http://beloit.snappers.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120501&content_id=30120362&vkey=news_t554&fext=.jsp&sid=t554


You're killing me, Seth! :P

Jeremy Nygaard
05-02-2012, 09:59 PM
Corey Williams earned a 2-inning save tonight in the Snappers win. That's his 4th (organizational lead-tying) save. I'm not going to post the whole chart, but highlight some stats that stick out. (Remember, this is a 12-inning sample.)

.200 opponent batting average
1.08 WHIP
11.25 combined K/9
14.54 K/9 vs LH batters
All of his non-K outs against lefties have come by groundball.

Pretty impressive numbers!

Jeremy Nygaard
05-09-2012, 09:21 PM
Oliver Zapata can't touch Corey Williams.

Swinging strike.
Swinging strike.
Swinging strike.

And, with that one out, Corey Williams records save #5 in Beloit's 2-1 victory tonight.

Jeremy Nygaard
05-20-2012, 12:34 PM
My data stopped matching up with MiLB.com's, so I'll be using their info from here on out...

Current stats:
1-1, 3.57. 6 SV. 17.2 IP, 15 H, 9 BB. 20 K. OBA .224. 2.3 GO/FO.

vs LHB:
5.40 ERA. 5 IP, 3 ER, 3H, 4 BB, 7 K. .167 OBA. 8-0 GO:FO.

VS RHB:
2.84 ERA. 12.2 IP, 4 ER, 12 H, 5 BB, 13 K. .245 OBA. 1.50 GO/FO.

Williams is getting most of the save opportunities, but has also started to get longer work in non-save ops. At his worst, he's a very good lefty/lefty match-up. At his best, he's striking out lots of batters - both right- and left-handed.

Jeremy Nygaard
06-09-2012, 10:50 AM
Williams picked up a three-inning save last night (his seventh). He registered his first two strikeouts in June, but also walked three. Total speculation, but if/when some of the college draftees sign and progress to Beloit, it wouldn't surprise me if Williams got a shot to move up to the Miracle bullpen.

Shane Wahl
06-09-2012, 11:03 AM
Williams picked up a three-inning save last night (his seventh). He registered his first two strikeouts in June, but also walked three. Total speculation, but if/when some of the college draftees sign and progress to Beloit, it wouldn't surprise me if Williams got a shot to move up to the Miracle bullpen.

Yeah, I would hope he gets promoted as well.

Jeremy Nygaard
07-02-2012, 10:17 PM
Williams saved his second game of the month tonight (and collected his 12th save of the year).

His ERA is down to 3.13 on the year and continues to average more than a K per inning. (His ERA dating back to June 4th is 1.98.)