Less than two weeks before the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Garrett Williams has helped make some teams’ decisions for them.
Williams, who has signed with Oklahoma State, sent an email to MLB scouts “a couple of days ago,” telling them and their respective organizations not to draft him in the draft, which begins June 6.
“We spent a long time talking about it,” Williams said. “We just felt it was the best decision for me to go to college and to get better and to get stronger and to work with coach (Rob) Walton. I can fine-tune my mechanics and try to get drafted after my junior year.”
Williams, a four-time, first-team Times All-City selection, batted .388 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in his senior season. On the mound, Williams posted a 6-4 record with a 2.17 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 58 innings.
He was rated the No. 65 overall prospect by Baseball America magazine in its recently released Top 250 draft prospects.
Williams credited the late hires of new OSU head coach Josh Holliday and his coaching staff with helping lead him to sign with the Cowboys.
He also credited Calvary coach Todd Walker, a 10-year MLB veteran, with helping Williams through the process.
“We talked most of the season about his experiences and his memories going through college and pro ball,” Williams said. “Just being a mentor for me, making decisions throughout the season, he really helped me out a lot.”