Jerome Williams
Jerome Williams
37-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jerome Williams in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals in June of 2016.
Contract purchased Monday
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
July 25, 2016
Williams had his contract purchased by the Cardinals on Monday.
Williams is 5-3 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through nine starts with Triple-A Memphis. He has shown very good control over the course of the season, giving up just 2.37 BB/9, which has helped limit baserunners. However, the 34-year-old found very little success in the majors in 2015, owning a 5.80 ERA and 1.61 WHIP through 121 innings as both a starter and reliever for the Phillies.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Williams' days as a starter seem to be in the past, as the 34-year-old was used sparingly as a reliever when with the big club last season. Unfortunately, even when used at a lesser capacity, his value was minimal. Over 11 games (17.1 innings) he allowed 11 runs, four home runs and walked four batters, giving him a 5.71 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. Williams' velocity fell for the fourth straight year, as he saw his fastball average just 89.8 mph. However, it wasn't all bad news, as Williams was effective when pitching to lefties, as they went just 3-for-29 (.120) against him. However, righties were an entirely different story. Right-handed hitters managed to go 19-for-52 (.404) with four home runs against him. Despite this one glimmer of hope for the righty, Williams will likely spend most of his 2017 season at Triple-A, if he finds a new home at all.
Williams pitched poorly for most of last season, but the Phillies kept rolling him out there because they needed someone to eat innings on a bad ball club. He lost a little more than one mile per hour on his fastball last season, which may have helped contribute to a drop in his strikeout rate and an increase in his HR/9 ratio. Williams' best asset is his rubber arm as he has been able to move between the bullpen and rotation as needed over the years. He will likely be asked to fill a swing role with any club that signs him, but he will have to earn a roster spot during spring training to make that happen.
A waiver acquisition from the Rangers in August, Williams posted a 2.83 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in nine starts for the Phillies down the stretch to finish the year with a 4.77 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Despite his struggles throughout much of the season with Houston and Texas, Williams showed enough during his time with Philly to earn a major league deal for 2015. The Phillies lack starting rotation depth, so Williams figures to leave camp with a starting job. If he struggles, he is capable of working in a long relief role, giving him value as an innings eater out of the bullpen.
Williams saw more starts (25) and pitched more innings (169.1) with the Angels in 2013 than he had in any other season in his career, and ended up pitching to a 4.57 ERA with the Halos. Though he gave a representative showing, the 32-year-old journeyman doesn't have a particular skill that inspires confidence, though he has kept his walks down in the past two seasons. The Angels elected to non-tender Williams in December, making him a free agent who will likely sign a low-risk deal to compete for a rotation spot elsewhere in spring training.
Williams started 15 games for the Angels last season and made another 17 appearances out of the bullpen, finishing the year with a 4.58 ERA and 1.26 WHIP while striking out 98 batters and walking 35 in 137.2 innings. He's now a 31-year-old journeyman who hasn't flashed much potential as either a starter or reliever, but Williams could end up winning the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation with a strong spring training. If that doesn't happen, he could also end up as the long reliever and spot starter in the bullpen, a role that he held down for a good chunk of the 2012 season.
Williams went four years between major league appearances, but he was surprisingly effective after being called up by the Angels in August. Williams posted a 4-0 record and 3.68 ERA in 10 games, including six starts, for the big club. Those numbers make him a potential candidate for the fifth starter's spot in the Angels' rotation, but temper your expectations as his strikeout rate tumbled after he was promoted from Triple-A while his walk rate jumped as well.
Williams was non-tendered by the A's after having been claimed off of waivers from the Cubs in September. The righthander still has the Former Prospect Tag™, is still just 25 years old and signed with the pitching thin Nationals this offseason.
A former top prospect, Williams has been derailed by elbow problems and asthma. Williams' low strikeout rate, combined with spotty command, have made it difficult for him to find consistency. When he has his sinker and off-speed pitches working, he's been effective. Williams is still just 24 years old and now two years removed from elbow surgery, so there's still some hope he'll get back on track. He'll try to win a spot in the Cubs rotation this spring.
Williams missed more than a month-and-a-half of 2004 because of elbow surgery. He has a powerful fastball, but his declining strikeout rate might have been an indicator that his elbow was bothering him. There's plenty of upside to Williams, but plenty of risk as well. If healthy, he should win a spot in the Giants rotation this spring.
As good a pitcher as Williams is, his peripherals took a big hit in the jump to the majors last year, and he's thrown a lot of pitches at ages 20 and 21. Just based on talent, he's a keeper, but there are reasons to think 2004 will not be a good year for him. If you had to choose, you'd rather have the early part of his season, so draft him and trade him on June 1.
Williams did well in a full-season at Triple-A before he turned 21, going 6-11, 3.59 in 28 starts; the won-loss is misleading, the ERA isn't. He struck out 130 against 50 walks in 161 innings (7.3 K's per 9 IP, with a WHIP of 1.18). If the Giants do deal Livan Hernandez and/or Russ Ortiz in the offseason, he'll contend for a job in the Giants' rotation, if he's not traded to get offensive help at any of several positions. Watch him in the spring and be prepared to nab him late in deep NL leagues, but don't overspend on him.
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PSt. Louis Cardinals  
June 3, 2016
Williams will sign a minor league contract with the Cardinals, Jenifer Langosch of reports.
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PFree Agent  
January 25, 2016
Williams is expected to miss the first couple months of the season after undergoing surgery on his Achilles, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.
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PPhiladelphia Phillies  
November 3, 2015
Williams became a free agent Monday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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PPhiladelphia Phillies  
September 19, 2015
Williams (4-11) took the loss and was also charged with a blown save in a 2-1 loss to the Braves.
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PPhiladelphia Phillies  
September 9, 2015
Williams will not be used as the Phillies' sixth starter this month, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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