PRO UPDATE: Williams blasts 16 homers to start career, Brown strikes out 10 in last start

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Former UT Tyler baseball All-American Daniel Williams has signed to play with the Salina Stockade in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball after starting his professional career this summer by leading the Pecos League with 16 home runs for the Garden City Wind. While Williams continues to rake at the plate in his first year as a pro, his former Patriot teammate Cody Brown is coming off a 10-strikeout performance last week for the Utica Unicorns in his seventh start of his second professional season in Michigan.

Williams joins Salina after dominating for the Wind where he hit 16 home runs and had 40 RBIs in only 24 games. Williams was a .381 hitter in two seasons for the Patriots where he had 11 home runs, drove in 72 and had 117 total hits in 84 games. He completed his final year at UT Tyler in 2017 by hitting .395 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 53 RBIs.

A Katy native, Williams was hitting .358 with three doubles, a triple and 18 singles for the Wind before signing with Salina. The Stockdale are associated with the Pecos League but play all games on the road in Canada and in New York. The team’s next three series include games in Augusta, New Jersey, Pomona, New York and at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair, New Jersey.

Brown is in his second season in Utica where has earned two wins and has a 2.50 ERA. He is coming off a win last Thursday where he struck out 10 and allowed only two runs in seven innings against the Eastside Diamond Hoppers. A Fulshear native who pitched one season at UT Tyler, Brown has recorded 46 strikeouts and has walked only 10 in 36 innings this season for the Unicorns. In 18 starts over the two professional seasons, Brown has 86 strikeouts in 83 innings of work.  

Brown earned three of his 10 victories in the postseason for the Patriots in 2017 and posted an impressive 2.79 ERA in 84 innings of work. He was named to the American Southwest Conference First-Team and earned all-region honors from the ABCA and D3Baseball.com. His 90 strikeouts are the fifth most in a season at UT Tyler and his 10 wins are the second most for the program. 

As seniors in 2017, Brown and Williams helped the Patriots win their third straight American Southwest Conference Championship.