Williams gets $1.35 million

The Brewers finalized a $1.35 contract Sunday with right-hander Davin Williams, their top pick in this month’s First-Year Player Draft.

Williams, from Hazelwood West High School near St. Louis, received a bonus in excess of the $1,017,300 slotted by Major League Baseball for the 54th overall pick. Part of his package included compensation for forgoing a scholarship to the University of Missouri, which is common practice in signing high school picks.

All along, it was clear the Brewers and Williams’ agent, Jason Wood, were going to strike a deal. Williams was in Milwaukee last week for a physical exam and motion analysis test, then returned to St. Louis for a going away party with family and friends. Brewers officials met him there Sunday with his contract.

Williams will travel to Phoenix on Monday to begin his professional career with the Brewers’ rookie league affiliate. Among his teammates there will be infielder Tucker Neuhaus, who received a $771,000 bonus as Milwaukee’s supplemental second-round pick.

On Draft night, the Brewers’ buzzwords on Williams were “athleticism” and “upside.” Most scouting reports used the word “projectable” to describe the 6-foot-3, 165-pounder, who throws a fastball in the low- to mid-90s, a slider, changeup with fade and curveball.

He touched 96 mph at a pre-draft workout for the Cardinals at Busch Stadium but mostly pitched at 90-94 mph during his senior season, when Williams went 6-1 with a 1.02 ERA and one save in nine games, with 93 strikeouts in 48 innings and a .102 opponents’ batting average.

With Williams in the fold, the Brewers have signed each of their top 11 selections from the Draft.


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