SEATTLE -- Had Jerome Williams' career unfolded as the Giants intended, he would be part of their formidable starting rotation. Instead, Williams has established himself with the Los Angeles Angels, the sixth Major League organization to employ him since the Giants traded him and right-hander David Aardsma to the Cubs for LaTroy Hawkins on May 28, 2005. After struggling with weight issues and injuries that kept him out of the big leagues from 2008-10, Williams has settled into the Angels' starting rotation and will oppose Matt Cain in Monday night's Interleague series opener. "We're going to beat him, but we're happy for him," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said.
San Francisco's first-round selection in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, Williams began his professional career as a highly touted prospect.
"Jerome was going to be a big league pitcher. So it was a matter of putting all his stuff in order and getting him ready for it," Righetti said.Williams went 17-14 with a 3.93 ERA from 2003-05 with the Giants, but fell out of favor partly due to poor physical conditioning, which prompted his departure in the Cubs trade. Ankle and rotator-cuff injuries threatened to derail his career while he was pitching for Washington in 2007. He gradually proved that his arm was sound after he signed with the Angels last year.