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‘He’s got a really good arm’: Gavin Williams set to ride development into pro baseball

Junior right-handed pitcher Gavin Williams is no stranger to the cheers from the crowd when the scoreboard located in the centerfield of Clark-LeClair Stadium flashes 97 or 98 MPH after his fastball pops the catcher’s mitt.

For three years, Williams has been displaying his mid- to upper-90s fastball velocity in East Carolina University purple and gold. A product of Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Williams rode his electric fastball to post a 3.74 ERA in 65 innings during his first two seasons at ECU, a number that included a 1.15 mark in 15.2 frames as a freshman.