Two thirds of TCU Baseball’s weekend rotation was drafted Monday, as Brandon Williamson became the second starting pitcher to be selected in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft. Williamson goes 59th overall to the Seattle Mariners.
Williamson was considered a top prospect as a junior in high school, but injuries issues moved him down the draft boards, and he elected to go the juco route, landing at North Iowa. Recruited by the Frogs, he matriculated to Fort Worth after two seasons with the Trojans, where he missed most of fall ball rehabbing. Once he found his rhythm, though, he became a dominant pitcher for TCU. Williamson went 4-5 in 16 appearances for the Frogs, posting a 4.19 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 77.1 innings of work.
He had a career high nine strikeouts in eight innings in his start against Kansas, and struck out at least five in 11 of his starts. He allowed three or less runs in nine of his appearances and walked more than three batters just once.
Though Williamson’s time in Fort Worth was short, he was on the mound for several of the Horned Frogs’ biggest wins - upending Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Cal - his lone postseason appearance. He also went toe to toe with A&M in TCU’s Shriners’ Classic loss to the Aggies - a gold your breath every pitch 1-0 battle.
A 6’6” lefty out of Minnesota, Williamson will have some Frog fam company in Seattle, where former football star LJ Collier now resides as a first round draft pick of the Seahawks. The Frogs had players selected in the first and second rounds of both the NFL and MLB Drafts this year, as Collier and Banogu are joined by Nick Lodolo and Williamson.
Congratulations to Brandon and best of luck in the Emerald City!