Before he reached high school, Garrett Williams already had experience pitching on an international stage — as a child in Lubbock, Texas, Williams was an integral part of a Little League World Series team.
That experience should serve Williams well in the coming weeks after the Calvary left-handed pitcher was chosen to represent the United States in the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships in South Korea.
Williams was one of 20 players from a national pool chosen after tryouts in California. The Cavaliers senior and his teammates were scheduled to leave for Taichung, Taiwan, late Wednesday night as they prepare for a three-game exhibition series against Chinese Taipei.
The world championships run Aug. 30-Sept. 8 in Seoul, South Korea.
“Garrett has a background,” first-year Calvary coach Todd Walker said. “He’s pitched in the Little League World Series. He’s got some experience with some high-level stuff. The kid’s got a great opportunity ahead of him.”
Williams was an honorable mention All-State selection as a junior. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder pitched very little as a sophomore after undergoing two surgeries on his throwing arm.
He rebounded to go 4-5 with a sub-2.00 ERA and earned the win in the state semifinals a day before Calvary captured the third state title in school history.
Williams started building his high school resume as a freshman when he was a first-team All-City pick and started Calvary’s playoff opener.
Two years later, he finds himself heading to another international competition and building a case to become a high-round draft pick in June.
He already has impressed his new coach, a veteran of 10 major league seasons.
“He carries himself like a big leaguer already, which is a good thing,” Walker said. “He’s slow to speak and he’s real attentive. His listening skills are great. He just wants to learn.”
Williams’ physical skills aren’t bad either.
“He’s a left-hander who throws 90-92 with a good breaking pitch,” Walker said. “He’s got a great opportunity in front of him, probably as soon as the June draft.”
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