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Matthew Jarrad Williams

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Matthew Williams signed with the Minnesota Twins shortly before his 17th birthday. In the 2004 World Junior Championship, he allowed 5 hits and 3 runs in 2 innings, taking a loss. He debuted in Australia in the 2005 Claxton Shield for the Australian Provincials, allowing 5 runs in 2 1/3 innings and taking a loss. Matthew made his USA debut later that summer, pitching for the GCL Twins (3-2, 3 Sv, 1.93, 42 K in 37 1/3 IP) and Fort Myers Miracle (0 R in 2 IP). In 2006, the right-hander allowed 3 runs in six innings for the Australian Provincials.

In the minor leagues in 2006, Williams went 4-2 with a save and a 3.89 ERA for the Elizabethton Twins. He struck out 41 in 39 1/3 innings but also allowed a .301 opponent batting average. In the 2007 Shield competition, he had a 1-1, 1.42 record for the New South Wales Patriots. In the Twins chain, he spent time with Elizabethton (3 R in 3 IP) and the Beloit Snappers (1-1, Sv, 2.64 in 18 G).

In the 2008 Claxton Shield, Williams went 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA and struck out 17 in 11 1/3 innings. He tied for 5th in the tournament in strikeouts. He spent the summer with Beloit (2-0, 7 Sv, 2.09, 29 H in 38 2/3 IP) and Fort Myers (2-2, 3.35 in 20 G). He was then on the provisional Australian roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not make the final cut.

Williams was a member of the Australian national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

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