Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Sat 8/1/20 12:11 AM

Williams (0-2) was tagged with the loss Friday against the Cubs. He gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks while fanning six across 4.2 innings.

EDGE Analysis

Williams retired the first five batters he faced, but things went downhill from the third inning onwards. It seems as if Williams' struggles during the 2019 season -- where he pitched to the tune of a 5.38 ERA -- remain in place for 2020 after two sub-par performances. His next start should come at home against the Twins on Aug. 5.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Sat 7/25/20 7:29 PM

Williams (0-1) took the loss Saturday against the Cardinals after allowing three runs on five hits and one walk over 3.2 innings. He had three strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander ran into trouble during the fourth inning, surrendering two runs on four hits and a wild pitch, and he was pulled rather than being allowed to face Kolton Wong a third time. Williams was a strong rotation piece in 2018 with a 3.11 ERA, but he struggled last season with a 5.38 ERA and isn't off to a great start in 2020. He lines up for a tough matchup against the Cubs on the road Friday.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Sun 7/19/20 6:38 PM

Manager Derek Shelton said Sunday that Williams will start the Pirates' second game of the season, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Williams struggled during spring training, but he was able to impress during summer camp and will play a prominent role in Pittsburgh's rotation to begin the season. The right-hander struggled with a 5.38 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 145.2 innings last season, although he fared considerably better with current starting catcher Jacob Stallings behind the plate.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Tue 3/31/20 10:57 PM

Williams, who enters 2020 as the Pirates' No. 3 starter, struggled throughout spring training with a 9.00 ERA in nine innings.

EDGE Analysis

He gave up 12 hits and six walks in nine frames, though the gusty Florida winds contributed to his ineffectiveness. On the bright side, Williams permitted only one homer. In 2019, the righty saw his home run rate jump to 1.64 HR/9 from 0.51 HR/9 in 2017 and 1.17 HR/9 in 2018. Last year, the righty registered an 8.87 ERA in 10 starts with the recently released Elias Diaz behind the plate. With Francisco Cervelli and current starter Jacob Stallings catching, his earned-run average dropped to 3.67 (in 16 starts). Williams makes for an interesting endgame fantasy pick, especially if he can rebound anywhere close to the pitcher he was before 2019, when he compiled a 3.56 ERA in his first two full major-league campaigns.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Sat 2/29/20 10:10 AM

Williams allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in one-plus innings Friday against Baltimore. He struck out two batters.

EDGE Analysis

He pitched better than his line suggests but was squeezed by the home plate ump and poorly supported by his fielders. Williams left the game in the top of the second inning after throwing 46 pitches. The righty has surrendered eight runs in three spring innings and is looking to rebound from a poor 2019 showing, when he compiled a 5.38 ERA and 1.41 WHIP.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Mon 2/24/20 9:42 AM

Williams gave up four earned runs on four hits and a walk in two innings Sunday against the Phillies. He hit one batter, threw one wild pitch and finished with zero strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Williams certainly didn't get off to a great Grapefruit League start, but he'll get plenty more chances as the team's third starter. The righty compiled an amazing second half in 2018 -- 1.29 ERA in 76.2 innings -- but he pitched closer to his expected numbers in 2019. His 5.38 ERA last summer nearly mirrored his xFIP of 5.25.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Fri 1/10/20 2:25 PM

Williams agreed to a one-year, $2.825 million deal with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is his first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. Williams should break camp in the Pirates' rotation.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Mon 9/30/19 1:32 AM

Williams allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts across seven innings while taking a loss against the Reds on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Although it led to just two runs, Williams tossed up two more long balls Sunday, giving him a career-high 27 homers allowed this season. He yielded just 15 a year ago, which is why his ERA was more than 2.00 runs better in 2018. Williams started experiencing problems giving up homers when he returned from an injury in the middle of June, and it immediately hurt his ERA. He finishes the season 7-9 with a disappointing 5.38 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 113 strikeouts in 145.2 innings.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Sun 9/22/19 11:09 PM

Williams (7-8) allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts across five innings while taking a loss against the Brewers on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander was better in this one, but he gave up two more homers, which has been too common since he returned from injury in June. Over his last 16 starts since that return from the IL on June 19, Williams has tossed up 21 homers. As a result, he owns a 6.91 ERA during that stretch. Overall, Williams has a 5.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 108 strikeouts in 138.2 innings this season. He will end the season with a start against the Reds at home Sunday.

Trevor Williams
SP PIT
Sun 9/15/19 7:56 PM

Williams (7-7) gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks while striking out none through 2.1 innings to take the loss against the Cubs on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Williams gave up three runs in the first inning and was charged with four more runs in the third frame. This was easily his worst start of the month, as he had three quality starts in his previous four outings coming into this game. The right-hander has a 5.59 ERA with 102 strikeouts through 24 starts this season. Williams is scheduled to make his next start Saturday against the Brewers at Miller Park.