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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 22)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
2 .245 0 0 0 0 .246 0.0
Birth Date9-8-1993
Height6' 3"
Weight195 lbs
Age23 years, 0 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2012
2013
2014
2015
0.02016
WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 9/30/2016 11:08 ET | Phillies Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
PHI LF 6 17 2 .245 0 0 0 0 .275 .419 0.0 .246
2015 Rest-of-Season Totals172.2450000.275.4190.0.246

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 RNG Rk 48 224 .295 .265 .344 .393 .000 .404 99 9.2 6.9 -2.1 -3.4 1.2 15.3 1.1 15.3 1.1
2013 HIC A 95 404 .303 .247 .316 .368 .000 .371 102 17.8 11.2 -3 -2.0 -0.4 25.6 2.5 25.6 2.5
2014 MYR A+ 94 408 .285 .260 .326 .385 .000 .391 97 11.3 12.0 -2.7 -4.1 -1.3 19.2 1.5 19.2 1.5
2014 FRI AA 15 64 .205 .263 .322 .401 .000 .341 101 -3.6 1.8 -0.3 -1.3 0.1 -2.0 -0.4 -2.0 -0.4
2014 RNG Rk 3 14 .278 .245 .350 .364 .000 .364 100 0.3 0.5 0 0.0 0.4 1.2 0.2 1.2 0.2
2015 FRI AA 97 415 .291 .255 .322 .381 .000 .346 114 12.9 11.0 -1.6 -2.3 0.3 22.6 2.2 22.6 2.2
2015 REA AA 22 100 .320 .263 .319 .385 .000 .370 103 6.1 2.7 0.1 1.1 1.5 10.4 1.2 10.4 1.2
2016 LEH AAA 125 527 .258 .254 .313 .376 .250 .325 98 -0.8 14.8 -2.6 2.5 -0.7 10.7 1.4 10.7 1.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 RNG Rk 224 34 63 9 6 2 27 16 50 15 2 .313 .375 .448 .134 .295 15.3 -3.4 1.1
2013 HIC A 404 70 110 19 12 17 60 15 110 8 5 .293 .337 .543 .250 .303 25.6 -2.0 2.5
2014 RNG Rk 14 3 4 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 .308 .357 .462 .154 .278 1.2 0.0 0.2
2014 MYR A+ 408 61 110 28 4 13 68 19 117 5 7 .292 .343 .491 .199 .285 19.2 -4.1 1.5
2014 FRI AA 64 4 14 2 1 0 4 2 21 1 1 .226 .250 .290 .065 .205 -2.0 -1.3 -0.4
2015 FRI AA 415 56 113 21 4 13 45 32 77 10 8 .299 .357 .479 .180 .291 22.6 -2.3 2.2
2015 REA AA 100 21 31 5 2 4 10 3 20 3 0 .320 .340 .536 .216 .320 10.4 1.1 1.2
2016 LEH AAA 527 78 128 33 6 13 64 19 136 6 4 .258 .287 .427 .169 .258 10.7 2.5 1.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-06 2014-06-24 Minors 18 0 - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

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Details

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 315 40 87 16 3 13 43 11 86 4 3 .291 .324 .495 .286 15.3 CF -3, LF -1 1.2
80o 293 36 76 14 3 11 38 10 82 4 2 .276 .308 .468 .271 10.2 CF -3, LF -1 0.7
70o 277 32 69 13 2 10 35 9 79 3 2 .265 .296 .449 .261 6.8 CF -3, LF -1 0.4
60o 263 30 63 12 2 9 32 8 76 3 2 .255 .286 .433 .252 4.2 CF -3, LF -1 0.1
50o 250 28 59 11 2 9 30 8 73 3 2 .246 .277 .418 .244 2.0 CF -2, LF -1 -0.1
40o 237 25 54 10 2 8 27 7 71 3 2 .238 .267 .403 .236 0.0 CF -2, LF -1 -0.3
30o 223 23 49 9 2 7 25 6 67 2 2 .228 .257 .387 .227 -1.9 CF -2, LF -1 -0.5
20o 207 21 43 8 2 6 22 6 64 2 1 .218 .246 .369 .216 -3.9 CF -2, LF -1 -0.7
10o 185 17 36 7 1 5 19 5 58 2 1 .203 .229 .343 .202 -6.0 CF -2, LF -1 -0.9
Weighted Mean256296011293187532.251.281.425.2483.0CF -3, LF -10.0

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/30/2016 12:13 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 68 8 19 4 1 3 12 2 18 1 1 .289 .322 .693 .288 3.4 LF 0 0.3
80o 45 5 11 2 0 2 7 2 13 1 0 .274 .306 .580 .274 1.6 LF 0 0.1
70o 29 3 6 1 0 1 4 1 8 0 0 .263 .294 .512 .263 0.8 LF 0 0.1
60o 15 2 4 1 0 1 2 0 4 0 0 .254 .284 .461 .255 0.3 LF 0 0.0
50o 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .245 .275 .419 .246 0.0 LF 0 0.0
Weighted Mean81100010200.250.279.439.2500.1LF 00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 19% 1% 17% 41%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201723494561152341661181456.247.284.421.2540.49.4-0.0-0.112.2-2.8-5.7
201824502581192241762171446.251.285.420.2540.49.4-0.1-0.212.4-2.7-5.7
201925457531061941657171355.246.283.420.2530.38.0-0.1-0.311.3-2.9-5.2
202026438511031941556171275.251.289.428.2580.59.6-0.1-0.410.8-0.7-5.0
20212741749981831553161205.250.288.426.2570.48.5-0.2-0.510.3-1.2-4.8
20222838344901731347131124.247.283.417.2520.15.7-0.3-0.69.5-2.9-4.4
20232940747951831451151184.248.285.422.2550.26.9-0.3-0.710.1-2.2-4.7
20243040547941731450151173.248.285.419.2540.26.4-0.4-0.810.0-2.4-4.6
20253138945911731348151122.248.286.419.2540.26.1-0.5-0.99.6-2.2-4.5

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201723605681402962074211787.244.278.419.2510.48.5-0.0-0.914.2-4.9-4.6
201824639721503062179211857.248.281.421.2530.610.1-0.1-1.115.3-4.1-4.9
201925621711412752177231807.243.278.417.2510.48.4-0.1-1.215.3-5.6-4.7
202026627731462952280231837.249.285.431.2580.912.6-0.2-1.415.3-1.1-4.8
202127630731472952280231807.248.282.427.2560.710.8-0.3-1.615.3-2.6-4.8
202228574631302741869181755.239.271.404.243-0.22.5-0.5-1.614.1-9.5-4.4
202329616701412952177231775.242.277.420.2500.37.0-0.5-1.915.1-5.7-4.7
202430639731503042381211774.248.279.425.2530.48.4-0.8-2.215.3-4.0-4.9
202531636741543352484181764.253.279.441.2580.610.7-0.9-2.315.3-1.4-4.8

Upside By Year

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 PEAK 5
14.923.429.613.635.618.3129.3

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
20151.7out of baseball2.20.30.32.922.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Trayce Thompson 2013 .000 DNP
2 88 Jordan Schafer 2009 .218
3 87 Marcell Ozuna 2013 .258
4 86 Adam Milligan 2010 .000 DNP
5 85 Ryan Royster 2009 .000 DNP
6 85 Teoscar Hernandez 2015 .000 DNP
7 85 Adam Walker 2014 .000 DNP
8 85 Michael Choice 2012 .000 DNP
9 85 Joel Guzman 2007 .226
10 84 Matt Kemp 2007 .304
11 84 Adam Jones 2008 .245
12 84 Oswaldo Arcia 2013 .267
13 84 Chris Young 2006 .244
14 84 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2010 .000 DNP
15 84 Julio Morban 2014 .000 DNP
16 83 Kris Bryant 2014 .000 DNP
17 83 Willy Garcia 2015 .000 DNP
18 83 Johermyn Chavez 2011 .000 DNP
19 82 Greg Halman 2010 .115
20 82 Carlos Gonzalez 2008 .219
21 82 Bobby Borchering 2013 .000 DNP
22 82 Miles Head 2013 .000 DNP
23 82 Brett Jackson 2011 .000 DNP
24 82 Rowan Wick 2015 .000 DNP
25 82 D.J. Peterson 2014 .000 DNP
26 82 Brian Dopirak 2006 .000 DNP
27 82 Victor Roache 2014 .000 DNP
28 82 Felix Pie 2007 .207
29 82 Tyler Colvin 2008 .000 DNP
30 82 Anthony Garcia 2014 .000 DNP
31 81 Wilin Rosario 2011 .228
32 81 Michael Burgess 2011 .000 DNP
33 81 Josh Reddick 2009 .197
34 81 Randal Grichuk 2014 .245
35 81 Wladimir Balentien 2007 .745
36 81 Geraldo Rodriguez 2010 .000 DNP
37 81 Joc Pederson 2014 .210
38 80 Tyler Austin 2014 .000 DNP
39 80 Austin Jackson 2009 .000 DNP
40 80 Todd Glaesmann 2013 .000 DNP
41 80 Chris Davis 2008 .284
42 80 Jesus Aguilar 2012 .000 DNP
43 80 Nick Castellanos 2014 .254
44 80 Andrew Lambo 2011 .000 DNP
45 80 Alex Liddi 2011 .278
46 80 Ryan Lavarnway 2010 .000 DNP
47 80 Michael Saunders 2009 .192
48 79 Jeff Francoeur 2006 .255
49 79 Derek Dietrich 2012 .000 DNP
50 79 Jamie Romak 2008 .000 DNP
51 79 Brandon Jacobs 2013 .000 DNP
52 79 Matt Davidson 2013 .258
53 79 Brian Goodwin 2013 .000 DNP
54 79 Mike Moustakas 2011 .246
55 78 Jacob May 2014 .000 DNP
56 78 Brandon Wood 2007 .142
57 78 Janelfry Zorrilla 2013 .000 DNP
58 78 Chris Dennis 2011 .000 DNP
59 78 Kala Ka'aihue 2007 .000 DNP
60 78 Colby Rasmus 2009 .255
61 78 Elijah Dukes 2006 .000 DNP
62 78 Brandon Laird 2010 .000 DNP
63 78 Jarek Cunningham 2012 .000 DNP
64 78 Will Swanner 2014 .000 DNP
65 78 Juan Duran 2014 .000 DNP
66 78 Dustin Geiger 2014 .000 DNP
67 78 Cristian Santana 2011 .000 DNP
68 78 Steven Proscia 2012 .000 DNP
69 78 Cory Vaughn 2011 .000 DNP
70 78 David Vidal 2012 .000 DNP
71 78 Wil Myers 2013 .303
72 78 Nate Schierholtz 2006 .000 DNP
73 78 William Beckwith 2013 .000 DNP
74 78 Jerry Sands 2010 .000 DNP
75 78 Michael Crouse 2013 .000 DNP
76 77 Eddie Rosario 2014 .000 DNP
77 77 Chris Carter 2009 .000 DNP
78 77 Yorman Rodriguez 2015 .000 DNP
79 77 Mike Zunino 2013 .247
80 77 Eric Haase 2015 .000 DNP
81 77 Dayan Viciedo 2011 .236
82 77 Chris Marrero 2011 .219
83 77 Josh Bell 2009 .000 DNP
84 77 Trevor Story 2015 .000 DNP
85 77 Ian Stewart 2007 .208
86 77 Fernando Martinez 2011 .256
87 77 Juan Francisco 2009 .396
88 77 Angel Morales 2012 .000 DNP
89 77 Denny Almonte 2011 .000 DNP
90 77 Zoilo Almonte 2011 .000 DNP
91 77 Steven Moya 2014 .289
92 77 Kennys Vargas 2013 .000 DNP
93 77 Corey Brown 2008 .000 DNP
94 77 Marcus Knecht 2012 .000 DNP
95 77 Kyle Parker 2012 .000 DNP
96 77 Brandon Moss 2006 .000 DNP
97 77 Barrett Barnes 2014 .000 DNP
98 76 Gary Sanchez 2015 .033
99 76 Ryan Kalish 2010 .245
100 76 Matt Adams 2011 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 It's going to be tough for Phillies fans to hear "athletic, left-handed outfield bat with big offensive potential" for a little bit without reflexively wincing, but that is indeed the gist with Williams. Like his fellow Hamels trade headliner Jorge Alfaro, Williams' ultimate defensive position remains unknown—he's more of a sure bet in left, but could be athletic enough to make it work in center—and he'll still need good coaching to sharpen his instincts in the field and his eye at the plate. The sobering truth of Williams still being a work in progress was obfuscated by his fantastically hot start upon migrating to the Eastern League, which felt as if it brought his future closer to the present. In reality, Williams still needs polish, but the raw assets that do currently exist carry enough potential after a good buff and wax that he should be expected to capture and hold down an every-day job in Philadelphia somewhere down the line. If he can be a center fielder, he'll obviously carry more value; wherever he does wind up defensively, Phils fans will hope to avoid boarding the Domonic Brown carousel for another spin.
2015 Usually when an outfield prospect enters pro ball raw, it's because he's more of an athlete than a hitter, someone who can run down balls in center and make strong throws but can't hit to save his life. Williams is something of an exception. An inconsistent outfielder at best, he will not be an option in center and will have to rely on his bat to carry the weight of his potential. Fortunately, he's a naturally gifted hitter with the Adam Jones starter kit at the plate. Unfortunately, the instructions are in Aramaic, the pages are out of order and his go-go-go approach isn't conducive to remedying those problems. After a successful Arizona Fall League campaign, Williams will return to Frisco in 2015 and match wits and bat speed against a group of opposing pitchers with vastly better secondary stuff than he's seen so far.
2014 A potential 2012 first-rounder who slipped after a bad senior season, Nick Williams has an advanced hit tool but lacks refinement in the rest of his game.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)I'm a simple man that gets confused. Some reports on Nick Williams are that "hitters can just hit" yet there are others that are really worried about his ability to be a star player because he swings at ghost balls and Ks a lot. What is the truth?
(Rich from DC)
That his hit tool is really, really good and his approach needs work. They're both true. But gimme the physical ability over the advanced approach at his age. You can learn approach. Can't learn his batspeed or hand-eye. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Does Oswaldo Arcia worth holding onto long term in my dynasty league? Have Stephen Piscotty, Nick Williams, Raimel Tapia and Yasmani Tomas waiting in the wings.
(Drew from Rockford, IL)
I would have Arcia over Yasmani, but the OFers you have coming through are all making a big push this year. He's on the fringe for me. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Nick Williams will eventually improve his approach at the plate and become a star in the major leagues?
(Mark from Dallas)
Haven't seen him, but this guy certainly does. #mortblood

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=84 (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Go US! Chris, why do people say Nick Williams' has a great hit tool, but then he has a close to 27% K%. Is there not a direct correlation between hit tool and K%? I feel I'm missing something here. Not trying to hate on Williams or anything, but I just don't understand it.
(Mike from NJ)
Good question. There is a correlation, but there are also exceptions to the rule. Matt Kemp is a career .292 hitter with a 23% K rate. Williams, by all accounts, has a innate ability to put the ball in play and hit it hard, it's just an approach issue. He's still young but several BP guys have and they loved it. (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Nick Williams' K% is right around where it was last year at the 27% mark. Is this just a sign of being raw in his game? Or is it something to worry about? How much upside does he have in the end? Top 50 prospect for you?
(Clint from Arizona)
Williams is very raw in his game, and I could tell hours worth of stories about his adventures on a baseball field. But he can straight hit, with easy plus bat speed and balance, and the strength to develop plus over-the-fence power. He's not a true CF, but has more than enough tools to handle LF with more refinement. Refinement is the name of the game with Williams. Can he learn to take his raw tools and turn them into field actions that play? Big ifs but the bat is major league quality and he could really blossom into a high-end talent. I love watching Williams because you never know what you will see: 425ft bomb followed by two defensive errors followed by a laser throw from deep center followed by a 40 grade throw followed by a mistake on base followed by a base running gem. He's a mess but highly entertaining. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Nick Williams has said he believes he has the fastest hands in the minors. On the top 50 list, Javier Baez is credited with the fastest bat - where would Williams be on such a list? Top 5?
(Or from Denton)
He would be on the list. His hands are weapons. Premium hand speed. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nick Williams has a .865 OPS so far this year. Do you see a promotion in his near future, and what are your thoughts on his MLB future?
(Bob from Raleigh)
I'm not sure a promotion makes a ton of sense this year. Williams is performing well, but there are still a ton of things he needs to work on in his game, and when you're already three years younger than the average age of your entire league, this might be the appropriate level for him to endure that developmental work. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better Texas of, Nick Williams or Lewis Brinson?
(scott from az)
I love Brinson's athleticism and tools, but Williams' knack for getting the barrel on the ball is a difference maker. I'm going to side with the guy that has a natural feel for hitting, even though the rest of his game doesn't project to play as well as Brinson's could. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)That Raimel Tapia article was amazing. Can you please tell us more about him? How is he different from say, Nick Williams? Some people have put a 7 on his hit tool as well. Thanks Ryan!
(Dude from not at work)
What do you want to know? Point me in a direction and I'll wax poetic about the one and only Tapia.

Nick Williams is pure batspeed. I wish my players could swing like Nick and hit like Tapia. That's the difference. William's has the tools but Tapia has the skills.

I don't see a 7 on Nick's bat. He can't adjust like Tapia.

Tapia is the finely tuned F1 car. Nick Williams is the jet engine dragster. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Loved your articles on Tapia and Gallo. What prospects have potential plus or plus plus hit and power combos? Taveras comes to mind. Dahl? N. Williams?
(Ryan from DC)
Haven't seenOT

Dahl is close. should be 6+ hit and 55 power.
Nick Williams could be a 6/6 but its a much riskier profile. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)I had thought that Hunter Dozier was listed as a potential 6/6 in his last eye witness account. Does this mean that Nick Williams and Dozier have similar hit/power tools? What are your thoughts on Dozier?
(oakiegu007 from NY)
They do grade wise but get there in very... extremely.. titanically different ways. Williams is speed and Dozier is strength. Dozier's ceiling is a bit lower but much safer floor.

If everyone played baseball the way Dozier does there would be world peace. Look for the spring training notes on him. I. Love. #Bulldozier. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these prospects in a dynasty: Rosell Herrera, Nick Williams, Blake Swihart, Daniel Norris, Trevor Story, Alen Hanson, Philip Ervin, Kennys Vargas, Steven Mats.
(Tim from NJ)
Nick Williams, Trevor Story, Daniel Norris and Blake Swihart are the big four of that group. I think everyone kinda rounds out the backend. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Who wins this trade in a dynasty: Jason Heyward & Tyson Ross OR Cole Hamels, Starling Marte, Nick Williams, and Nick Kingham?
(Dynasty Trade from Tradeville USA)
I think Ross is poop so give me the second side. Nick Williams might not know left from right field but he can hit. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Supposedly Nick Williams has the best hit tool in the Rangers' system but there has been no talk of him so far this year. All the talk has been on Gallo. Has Williams' shine worn off to where he is an average prospect now and Gallo ranks above him?
(Louis from At The Park (mentally))
In today's Ten-Pack...

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23420

...Tucker Blair said that he thinks Williams has the best hit tool of him, Gallo and Jorge Alfaro, so I wouldn't say the shine has worn off. It's just hard to get noticed when you're surrounded by 80-grade tools. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. In your opinion, which hitter and pitcher, outside of the top 50, have the highest ceilings?
(cracker73 from Florida )
Alex Reyes, Jose Martinez, Braden Shipley, and Hunter Harvey on the pitching side; Nick Williams, Raimel Tapia, and David Dahl on the positional side of the ball. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Do you think Nick Williams will be the rangers top prospect after this season?
(Mike from Utica, NY)
I don't know that he passes Odor, who should remain a prospect. Williams could fall out of bed and hit, but his defense (despite good speed) is a huge question mark. I'll take the under. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some players you see making the jump that could be top 25 or even top 10 next season?
(James from Kansas)
Giolito, Dahl, Urias, Fried, Nick Williams, Aaron Sanchez, Alfaro (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to rank these OF for dynasty purposes: Phillip Ervin, Nick Williams, Raimel Tapia, Domingo Santana and Jorge Bonifacio.
(Connor from Dallas )
Wow, you hit on a lot of semi-under the radar guys I love here. Tapia, Williams, Santana, Bonifacio, Ervin. But I think it's fairly close all the way around except for Ervin. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have an under the radar prospect or someone that isn't getting any love that you want to tout?
(chris from Phoenix)
I know he's known already, and had a pretty rough year but I still like Gabriel Guerrero a bunch. Other candidates include Chris Bostick, and Nick Williams, though both have received love. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason- The Ranger farm system is full of high upside/high risk prospects. If you could choose the three you would most like to gamble on, who would they be?
(PJD from Bahamas)
I would gamble on Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, and Nomar Mazara (Jason Parks)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I way in over my head thinking that Nick Williams could be something really special in the MLB someday?
(Wes from The Office)
He has the potential to have a special hit tool, no doubt. He lacks skills at this point, and his overall feel for the game is very suspect. But you could put a blindfold on this kid and he would still be able to put his barrel on velocity. He has something you can't teach. You might be able to coerce a grade jump on his glove, improve his reads and routes, teach him how to run the bases better, but you can't teach that natural ability to put the bat on the baseball. Williams has that. It buys him a lot of potential and developmental patience. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any of these prospects jump off the board for you? Rosell Herrera, Nick Williams, Ryan McMahon, Arismendy Alcantara, and Jesse Winker. What are your thoughts? Thanks Ben!
(Ryan from Cincy)
Last pinch hitting appearance from Mark Anderson: "The two that jump out the most to me are Williams and Alcantara. Williams is a gifted natural hitter and he could be an impact bat at the highest level. Alcantara can contribute in all phases of the game and he has some thump in his bat as well. I really like what Alcantara brings to the table. I've always been partial to Herrera and think he may have finally turned a corner in 2013, but I'm still a little skeptical of him."

Mark will be chatting at BP at 1 PM ET next Thursday, so show up then to get prospect questions answered without an intermediary. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Professor Parks! Is Nick Williams a top 100 prospect in the game? What's his ceiling look like?
(Joe from The couch)
He's a top 5 prospect in the Rangers system; haven't worked up Top 101. It's possible. He's a natural hitter that needs refinement everywhere else. I wouldn't be shocked if he emerges as the best offensive player from that crazy Hickory lineup of 2013. Role 6 future for me. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on the season Nick Williams had? High ceiling kind of guy? Thanks!
(Nathan from STL)
Love his natural bat-to-ball ability. His overall game is still very raw and unrefined, but you can sculpt some of that in the developmental process. I don't think you can teach a hitter how to hit. I think you can assist in the process, but I'm of the belief that you can either hit or you can't hit. Williams can hit. We will see how it all develops, but I like his chances out of that Hickory group and I would rank him in the top 10 in the Rangers system now without hesitation. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any sleepers for the Texas Top 10 next season?
(Brian from LA)
Is Nick Williams still a sleeper? Natural feel to hit, good athlete, body is maturing and showing raw power. Hitting .302/.344/.569 in Low-A and turns 20 in September. No-doubt top five guy in the Rangers' system right now. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Jason! I'm very excited about prospect Nick Williams. Could you give a brief scouting report about him?
(Fred from Houston)
Natural bat-to-ball ability; fast hands; cab square velocity and generates good bat speed without selling out the swing control; speed is inconsistent but shows 7 run; more of a left-field profile on defense; has raw power; feel for hitting stands above other skills; very unrefined in other aspects of the game; might be my favorite of the HIckory mashers, but has a long way to go before he's a fundamental baseball player. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason, who do you like more as a prospect? Nick Williams or Ronald Guzman? Thanks!
(Joe from Dallas)
Guzman has a tough profile, as he is already limited to 1B. But I really love his approach to hitting and the ease in which he does it. I've already spoken about my love for Williams as well, especially the bat-to-ball skills. But his overall game is very rudimentary, and he could flame out before bringing it all together. THe more I watch Guzman, the more Freddie Freeman I see in the swing. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any sleeper candidates to make the Rangers Top 10 this offseason?
(Brian from LA)
Nick Williams and Rougned Odor, if you want to consider them sleepers. Maybe Luke Jackson. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)Has Nick Williams done enough to be considered a better prospect than Lewis Brinson?
(Mark from Emmitsburg)
I'm certainly not the Rangers expert among the BP Prospect Team, but it's pretty hard to argue with what he's done so far this year. Brinson may have a higher ceiling and louder all-around tools, but Williams appears to be a better baseball player at this point in their development. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Miguel Almonte or Rafael DePaula? Adam Brett Walker or Nick Williams? Thanks
(Fred from Madison)
Almonte and WIlliams. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a sleeper prospect or two who is not on many radars that you think could make a big jump this season?
(Jay from Madison)
I really like Josh Elander, Braves 6th Rounder from last June, as a potential everyday bat with a chance to stick at catcher. I also really liked the hit tool on Nathan Mikolas (Yankees 4th Round), though he has received mixed reviews from pro scouts. Cold weather kid that will take some reps, but could be a nice little bat. Those are deeper guys. Fringe-sleeper, how about Nick Williams (Texas) and Kyle Crick (Giants). Do they count? Give me the Aviles (Indians), Norris (Blue Jays), Howard (Indians) trifecta for "bounceback" lotto tickets. (Nick Faleris)
2012-06-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Rangers having enough money to sign both Gallo and Nick Williams and how would you grade their draft thus far?
(Sean from Battle Creek)
It's certainly not going to be easy, especially with Gallo, who has a strong commit to LSU and a rumored price tag of $2.5 million. To go back to a previous point, you see them starting to take cheap picks, including a college senior in the sixth. (Kevin Goldstein)


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