The Angels have claimed catcher Jackson Williams off waivers from the Rockies, according to a team announcement. Williams, who is dealing with a knee injury, will immediately be placed on the Angels' 60-day disabled list.
Williams, 28, was drafted by the Giants with the 43rd overall pick in 2007 and was ranked by Baseball America as one of the organization's top 18 prospects in both 2007 and 2008. He signed with Colorado as a minor league free agent before last season and made his major league debut with the Rockies, notching three hits in fourteen at-bats over seven games.
Williams is a lifetime .223/.309/.337 hitter in eight minor league seasons, spending time at Triple-A in every season since 2010. He is likely just a depth pickup for the Angels, and may work with right-hander Garrett Richards, who he caught for a season at the University of Oklahoma during the 2007 season.