June 24, 2008 - Golden Baseball League (GBL) - Long Beach Armada
(Dublin, CA. June 23, 2008) The Golden Baseball League (GBL) announced today that RHP Jerome Williams of the Long Beach Armada has had his contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the second member of the 2008 Long Beach Armada to be acquired by a major league club in the last few weeks, following teammate David Parrish who was acquired by the Rockies.
"Jerome is a major league pitcher and has been pitching like one," said Long Beach Armada Manager Steve Yeager. "I'm exited to see him with the Dodgers and look forward to him helping their organization."
Off to a 3-2 start for the Armada and having struck out 28 batters and walked only 8, Williams was getting attention from a number of major league teams. He impressed the Dodgers in his start over the weekend in Long Beach and L.A. moved quickly to get him into their organization acquiring him today and signing him to a minor league contract.
Williams, 26, was a first round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 1999 amateur draft out of Waipahu High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In his senior year in high school, Williams went 8-1 with a microscopic 0.12 E.R.A. striking out 123 batters and walking only 9 in 54 innings. As a teenage, Williams rose quickly through the Giants organization. In 2001, Williams was ranked the #1 prospect in the Giants farm system by Baseball America. That year, Williams pitched for the U.S. in the Futures Games as well. The youngest pitcher in the 2002 Pacific Coast League, Williams finished 8th in the PCL with a 3.59 E.R.A. He made his major league debut in 2003 while flling in for injured Jason Schmidt.
Williams is the 12th GBL player to be purchased by a major league organization in 2008.