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William Inman

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Will Inman is a minor league pitcher.

Inman went 13-0 with 2 saves and a 0.54 ERA as a high school senior, allowing only 34 hits and 13 walks in 91 innings, striking out 195. Inman was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round of the 2005 amateur draft; as they lost their second round pick as compensation for free agent Damian Miller, he was Milwaukee's second overall pick after Ryan Braun. In the next round, Milwaukee also chose well with Mat Gamel. Inman was the 85th overall pick, right after Brian Duensing. He was signed by scout Grant Brittain for a $800,000 bonus.

Will split his first pro campaign in 2005 between the AZL Brewers (one game) and Helena Brewers (6-0, Sv, 2.00, 58 K, .182 average in 45 IP). Had he qualified, he would have led the Pioneer League in ERA. Baseball America rated him the league's #10 prospect, between Jose Arredondo and Greg Smith.

In 2006, Inman was excellent for the West Virginia Power, going 10-2 with a 1.71 ERA. He walked only 24 and allowed 75 hits in 110 2/3 IP. He only surrendered three homers and fanned 134. Baseball America rated him as the best pitching prospect in the South Atlantic League, beating out Most Outstanding Pitcher winner Matt Maloney, Carlos Carrasco, Clay Buchholz and the oppositely named Josh Outman. Inman made the league All-Star team as the right-handed pitcher and led the SAL in strikeouts per 9 innings by a starter (10.71). Had he qualified, he again would have led his league in ERA. Baseball America ranked him as the #7 prospect in the league, one spot after Chris Volstad.

In 2007, Inman kept on producing. He was 4-3 with a 1.72 ERA for the Brevard County Manatees, striking out 98 in 78 2/3 IP. Promoted to the Huntsville Stars, he struggled for the first time in his career, going 1-5 with a 5.45 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 39 2/3 IP. He was then traded to the San Diego Padres with Joe Thatcher and Steve Garrison for Scott Linebrink. Inman went 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA for the San Antonio Missions following the trade. While he was 8-11 on the year, his 180 strikeouts were second in the affiliated minors, behind only Gio Gonzalez. His 10.17 K/9 ratio ranked third and his .220 opponent average was 5th lowest. He tied for the most strikeouts (140) by a Milwaukee farmhand despite being traded during the season.

He pitched for the Missions again in 2008, going 9-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts, striking out 140 batters in 135 1/3 innings. His 2009 season was split between the Missions and Portland Beavers, and he went a combined 7-9 with a 4.79 ERA in 27 starts. He began the 2010 season with the Portland Beavers.

Through 2009, Inman had allowed 504 hits and fanned 613 in 602 2/3 innings as a pro. He returned to San Antonio to open 2008 and was named to the US team for the 2008 Futures Game.

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