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Cleveland takes fireballer Gavin Williams with first pick in MLB draft

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Morning news and notes for Monday, July 12, 2021

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Here’s to more good than bad this week!

Yesterday’s baseball: Postponed, to be made up Sept. 20

Cleveland baseball news

Cleveland selects RHP Gavin Williams with 23rd pick |

From Mandy Bell:

Williams is a 6-foot-6 flamethrower who never found a regular rotation spot in his first three years at East Carolina. And in a shortened season in 2020, he pitched in just three innings due to a finger injury, but he came back to make a statement in 2021. This year, Williams claimed his spot as a starter and went 10-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 81 1/3 frames with 130 strikeouts. After his fastball, his slider is his next-best pitch, with a curveball and changeup that also show plenty of potential.

Cleveland sets starting rotation coming out of All-Star break |

Rookie Eli Morgan is scheduled to start Friday at Oakland in the club’s first game after the break.

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