Breckin Williams: A Star in the Making

You may or may not have heard about 23-year-old Breckin Williams, a pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. In 4 games this season so far, including rehab games, he has pitched a total of 4 innings and only allowed 1 hit, and no earned runs. I had the opportunity to interview Breckin.

On June 12th, 2015, he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. A few days later, he was assigned to Hillsboro Hops. On that same day, he was assigned to Diamondbacks extended spring training.

When asked who was the biggest role model he looked up to in baseball, he responded Derek Jeter. “Growing up I played short stop and I always wanted to emulate him. I loved how he played the game and led his team. He was a natural winner and he presented that with how he played.” Many young athletes, just like Williams, in a MLB organization often look up to Jeter, who played for the New York Yankees, and that’s the reason why.

Q. During your time pitching, what was good advice a coach, teammate, or anyone on the team told you that you still listen to today
A. My college pitching coach Matt Hobbs, who helped me grow tremendously as a pitcher always told me that “this pitch” is the most important pitch. It’s reals easy to get ahead of your self when your out there and kind of lose focus on the present while planning on how to attack a hitter.

Q. What keeps you motivated to pitch everyday and keep moving forward?
A. After missing all of last season and most of this season due to Tommy John Surgery in August 2016 keeps me very motivated to make the most out of every single day. Missing roughly 15-16 months without competing, and finally being able to make it back this year put everything into perspective.

Q. Are you happy with your recent performances?
A. Having only thrown in 4 games since [Tommy John] surgery, I am pleased with where i’m at and how i’ve thrown. Still have a long way to get back to where I was and to where I ultimately want to be, but it’s just a blessing and great feeling to be back in games and be able to play this game.

Q. Why do you enjoy being a pitcher?
A. I love pitching because it’s a battle. There’s so many variables and things that can go on in a baseball game but it’s all centered around the guy on the mound and the guy at the plate. I like studying hitters wings and tendencies and developing game plans.

Q. Why did you become a pitcher?
A. I became a pitcher because i wasn’t nearly as good of a hitter as I thought, and I was fortunate enough to have some really good coaches to help me push me in the right direction that was best for me.

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