Arizona State University has a proud tradition in college baseball, and this includes a long list of pitching aces. The Sun Devils have maintained a steady pipeline of hurlers from Tempe to the major leagues over the decades.
Junior Trevor Williams is the latest pitcher to make a name for himself at ASU. A native of San Diego, Calif., Williams was a First Team Pac-12 All-Conference selection in 2012 and one of four sophomores named to the first team. The 6-foot-3 right-hander earned Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team honors, tying for first in Div. I with 12 victories and was the Pac-12 Conference’s only 12-game winner.
Williams became the 25th Sun Devil in the aluminum bat era to record 12 wins, and the first since 2010. He finished the season with a 2.05 ERA—third best in the Pac-12, and lowest on the team among pitchers who made more than one start—and pitched 109.2 innings, sixth best in the conference and second-most on the team.
As a freshman in 2011, Williams earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American honors and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, appearing in a team-high 32 games. He pitched 39.2 innings with a 2.50 ERA and struck out 35 hitters while walking only six. Opponents were limited to a mere .200 against him.
Known for his deceptive curve ball, Williams committed to ASU during his junior year in high school in part because of seeing the Sun Devils in person at the 2007 College World Series when his club team was in Omaha for a tournament.
“I wanted to get out of San Diego and be far away from family but not too far,” said Williams. “Just the rich tradition (of ASU) and knowing you’re going to get wins here is definitely something I enjoy.”
He added, “I knew coming in there was going to be huge crowds. Knowing running out of the bullpen that the crowd’s got my back behind me, it really gets me going.”
Majoring in secondary education in history, Williams has two younger brothers, Trent and Tanner. Like many Californians, he enjoys surfing and fishing.