TD's Top Prospects-#18 Pitcher

Posted by Lionel on April 24, 2009.

Hank Williamson

Rank: #18 Pitcher (TD)

Age: 23

Position(s): RP

Team(s): Aberdeen (Low A for the Orioles), Delmarva (Mid A for the Orioles)

Acquired: Traded from Orioles for Felix Pie

'08 Key Composite Stats: 3.72 ERA, 42 K's in 29 IP, 5 walks, 1.03 WHIP

Breakdown: The first thing that I'm sure jumps out for most people is how a guy with a 3.72 ERA is in the Top 20 pitchers. And it wouldn't help to say that his ERA was actually 4.76 at Aberdeen and was only saved by throwing 6 and 1/3 scoreless at Delmarva. But, if you look past his inflated ERA, Henry Williamson threw up some spectacular numbers. He struck out nearly a batter and a half per inning (third best in the organization) and only walked 5 guys in 20 appearances. That gives him a K/W ratio of 8.40, tops among all pitchers in the Cubs farm system. He gave up a few long balls (3) which doesn't sound like a lot until you factor in he didn't throw 30 innings. If he can repeat these numbers against more advanced competition and over a longer season, Cubs fans could be a little less disappointed with the Pie trade.

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