Williams was a backup catcher with the Rockies this season after a long sting in the Giants minor league system. He played at the University of Oklahoma before being drafted in 2007 and caught Garrett Richards for one season there. The possible reunion of these two next season would being together two players who had knee surgery late in the 2014 season - Williams has been added to the 40-Man Roster while on the 60-Day Disabled List for knee surgery.
There is no big bat savior here, though. Williams batted .235 with a .361 OPS in five Triple-A seasons. Baseball America called him the best defensive catcher in the Giants system while he was there so this acquisition for catching depth also plays into the fetish for the perfect backstop sought by Mike Scioscia.
Williams is three years younger than Chris Iannetta. He is a year and a half older than Hank Conger.