David Williams (2000s pitcher)
|Born: March 12, 1979|
|June 6, 2001, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 24, 2007, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||4.83|
David Aaron Williams (born March 12, 1979) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Yokohama BayStars.
Williams pitched in 22 games, 18 starts for the Pirates, going 3-7 despite having an ERA of 3.71 in 114 innings.
In 2002, Williams endured a hard season, only pitching for the Pirates in 9 starts.
Williams wasn't called up to the majors, he spent half the season in AAA before going down for the season due to injury.
Williams made his return to Pittsburgh, pitching in 10 games while also starting 6 games.
Williams pitched the whole season in Pittsburgh, going 10-11 while also throwing his complete game shutout. Williams averaged less than 6 innings, pitching only 138.2 innings in 25 starts.
Williams was traded from the Pirates to the Cincinnati Reds for Sean Casey.On May 20, 2006, the Cincinnati Reds designated Williams for assignment after he went 2-3 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts. On May 25, he was traded to the New York Mets for pitcher Robert Manuel.
On August 18, the Mets recalled Williams from the Norfolk Tides to make a start in place of Pedro Martínez. Williams held the St. Louis Cardinals to two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over 6.1 innings to pick up the victory in the Mets' 6-2 win. He finished the season with a 3-1 record and 5.59 ERA in six appearance—five starts—and 29 innings with the Mets.
In February, Williams had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. He came off the disabled list on July 6, and made his only start of the year against the Houston Astros on July 8, giving up 8 runs in only 3.1 innings. He was then designated for assignment on July 14 so Oliver Pérez could return to the Mets rotation from the disabled list. He was called up again on September 1 when the roster expanded.
In February 2009, Williams signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals with an option for the major leagues. He appeared in 21 games as a relief pitcher for Washington's Double-A affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators with a record of 1-3 and an ERA of 3.56, and 19 games for their Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs, with a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 7.89.
He filed for free agency in November 2009. He did not play professionally in 2010. After retiring he played for a semiprofessional team in Long Island. After that he coached with the Toronto Blue Jays.
He now works with his wife at their pharmacy in Douglasville, Georgia.