Tall and lean; room for growth; frame is athletic and presents as a major league body.
4/24/14 - 4/26/14, 5/20/14 - 5/21/14
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
Interesting player; wears everything on his sleeve, good and bad; often takes forever to walk back to dugout after a strikeout; body language is fun to watch when he is doing well; not so much when struggling; looks to love the game, even though it may be portrayed in the wrong light by some in the future.
50; Second Division Regular
Tremendous hand control and ability to barrel the ball; bat is lightning quick through zone; hands will occasionally drift on outside pitches; shows ability to pull in hands on inside pitches; approach is currently below-average; swings at everything; terrific FB hitter; struggles to currently pick up plus spin; CH away is his worst enemy; will need to clean up approach before ever reaching his ceiling.
Plus-plus bat speed; ability to barrel up; small lift in the swing; bat is like a whip that drives the ball with force; highly underrated power tool; sells out for power at times; plays best in-game when he keeps himself less violent.
4.10 home to first; 11.09 home to third; second gear is outstanding; plus agility is present; not a good base runner currently; lacks pure instincts on bases to become a truly plus runner, but could still steal 15-20 a year.
Below-average in CF; poor reads; wrong routes; looks lost at times; much better in LF; future role there; shows better routes and has less range to travel and fall off course; raw athleticism and agility make up for many deficiencies in OF.
Not a weapon; inconsistent accuracy, have not seen many throws on a line; some arc; longer release and not strong enough when he cuts it down; will try and make throws as if he has a 60 arm at times.
Williams is a terrific athlete with a tremendous hit tool. The main issues are his approach and defense, as he currently grades below average in both. I think with some increased repetition this season, he will be fine. The bat and approach have already improved in my time seeing Williams this season. I also think the makeup concerns are entirely overblown. He may do some curious things, but nothing that illustrate a bad makeup.