One of the key pieces in the Phillies Cole Hamels trade, Nick Williams is coming off a doozy of a year, but expectations are still high on the 23-year-old outfielder.
Nick Williams wasn’t right in 2016. He was often called out for his mistakes in the field, and never got it together at the plate. He’s still raw as an athlete, and undisciplined at the plate (19BB/136K), but expectations are still very high on the outfielder.
It’s easy to see why.
Even for all his flaws this past year in Lehigh Valley, Williams still managed 52 extra-base hits due to his lightning quick bat. He also remains a good defender due to his speed and range (2.20 RF/9).
Power and defense is the name of Williams game. With the potential to add left handed balance through the heart of the order and save runs defensively, Williams isn’t too far away from playing in Philadelphia.
Once Williams shows a more disciplined approach at the plate he’ll soon be a Phillie.