Brandon Williamson

24-Year-Old PitcherP
Cincinnati Reds AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Williamson was one of the key pieces acquired by the Reds from the Mariners in the Jesse Winker/Eugenio Suarez trade. The former second-round pick was coming off a dominant 2021 season in the minors which concluded at the Double-A level, setting himself up to be part of the Reds' 2022 rotation at some point. It didn't happen, though, as the left-hander showed regression across the board both in terms of numbers and stuff. His lack of control was particularly alarming, as he went from an 8.1 percent walk rate in 2021 to a 13.9 percent walk rate in 2022. Williamson was added to the 40-man roster over the offseason, and there should be starts available to him for the Reds if he can bounce back. Fantasy managers should take more of a wait-and-see approach, though. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Mariners in June of 2019. Traded to the Reds in March of 2022.
Shielded from Rule 5 draft
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
November 15, 2022
Williamson was added to the Reds' 40-man roster Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
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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2022 Fantasy Outlook
While Williamson's fastball may not seem elite from a velocity standpoint (93 mph average, touches 97), it is a perfect pitch in every other sense. He is a 6-foot-6 lefty, so the pitch plays up just via extension and handedness, but it's the induced vertical break that makes the pitch such a monster. His fastball got whiffs at a 37% clip and was thrown for strikes at a 69% clip, rates that are up there with the best pitchers in the minors. Williamson also boasts one of the best curveballs in the minors, although that pitch is thrown in the mid-70s, so it lacks the velocity of the breaking balls that typically play as 70-grade pitches in the majors. His changeup and slider are average offerings. Williamson logged a 37.4 K% and an 8.1 BB% in 98.1 innings across High-A and Double-A. He has passed Emerson Hancock in the pecking order, and is right there with George Kirby and Matt Brash as one of Seattle's future rotation anchors. Williamson is not on the 40-man roster, but he could still make a handful of starts in the majors later this summer.
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Finds success in second Triple-A start
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
July 14, 2022
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.
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Working around control issues
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
June 3, 2022
Williamson has a 3.97 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 48:25 K:BB across 45.1 innings for Double-A Chattanooga.
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Traded to Cincinnati
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 14, 2022
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.
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Challenged at Double-A
PSeattle Mariners  AAA
July 13, 2021
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.
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Joining major-league camp
PSeattle Mariners  AAA
March 6, 2021
Williamson has been invited to major-league spring training, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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