Right-hander Taylor Williams, the Brewers' No. 14 prospect, struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven scoreless innings on Friday, and Class A Wisconsin defeated Peoria, 5-1.
Williams' lone blemish was a leadoff double by Ronald Castillo in the second inning, otherwise he dominated the Chiefs. He threw 96 pitches and faced just one batter over the minimum.
Williams finished his start strong, striking out seven of the last nine batters he faced before yielding to right-hander Chad Thompson to start the eighth inning.
The Timber Rattlers employ a tandem starter system, which has given Williams the chance to work as both a starter and a reliever this season. But no matter when he pitches, he's found a way to win. He has won his last seven decisions and is 8-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 107 innings.
Williams, the Brewers' fourth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, leads the Midwest League with a 0.94 WHIP, ranks third in ERA and fourth with 112 strikeouts in 107 innings.
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