Angels pitcher Jerome Williams throwing well in Venezuela
Jerome Williams, the journeyman right-hander who boosted the Angels rotation by going 4-0 with a 3.68 earned run average in 10 starts in August and September, has not allowed an earned run in his first three starts for Magallanes of the Venezuelan winter league.
Williams is 3-0 and has allowed 10 hits in 17 innings, striking out 12, walking eight and limiting opponents to a .175 average. A strong winter would put the 29-year-old pitcher in a strong position to win one of the Angels' final two rotation spots next spring.
The Angels' top winter league offensive performers are outfield prospect Jeremy Moore, who is hitting .333 with two homers, three doubles, 10 runs batted in and three stolen bases in 13 games in Venezuela, and infield prospect Jean Segura, who is hitting .320 with four doubles and eight RBIs in 13 games in the Arizona Fall League.
Outfielder Mike Trout and catcher Hank Conger, who spent significant time with the Angels last season, have struggled in the Arizona Fall League, Trout hitting .273 with no homers and two RBIs in 15 games and Conger hitting .227 with no homers and eight RBIs in 11 games.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Jerome Williams. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.