L.A. Angels’ Catcher Jackson Williams Acquired By Giants


Williams Returning To His Original Organization

The Angels have traded one of their backup catchers Jackson Williams to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for cash considerations.

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A former first round pick by the Giants, Williams was pushed down on the Halos depth chart behind the dish when they acquired catching prospect Carlos Perez from the Astros, and then traded for backup catcher Drew Butera from the Dodgers.

While having his best season at Triple-A in 2014, hitting .256/.353/.368 with four home runs, Williams was called up to the Big Leagues by the Colorado Rockies. It was only a cup of coffee that lasted 16 plate appearances. Then, last fall Williams came to the Halos in a waiver claim.

Prior to last season, Jackson Williams had spent his entire professional career with the Giants organization.

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    • Starting pitcher C.J. Wilson was scratched from his second straight start today due to an illness. Last week Wilson missed his start after tweaking his left knee. The lefty should be ready for his next start.
    • Pitcher Hector Santiago was hit by a line drive in yesterday’s contest against the Texas Rangers. There was no damage, aside from a bruise. Santiago will be right back at it again, and will make his next scheduled appearance.
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    • Street finally returned after nearly a week long illness kept him hiding in his hotel room. He was roughed up a bit in his first outing, but still looked fine as far as his mechanics and delivery were concerned. He should be fine to continue pitching as scheduled.
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