Is Nick Williams the real deal?
Since taking over in right field Nick Williams has quietly been one of the Phillies most consistent hitters. Since June 1 he’s hitting .265 with 10 home runs, and since July 1 he’s hitting nearly .300 for Philadelphia.
It’s an upgrade over what Aaron Altherr provided at the plate, but the Phillies clearly weren’t satisfied considering they attempted an Adam Jones trade before the deadline.
If Hoskins remains in left field next year the Phillies would be left with right field to evaluate as a potential upgrade. Bryce Harper is the obvious name to watch for in free agency along with two players the Phillies reportedly targeted at the trade deadline, Jones and Andrew McCutchen.
Finding out who Williams can be for this team is a major storyline for the remainder of the season. If he can hit .280 with 20 home runs on a consistent basis the Phillies will gladly take that production from a middle of the lineup bat. If Williams falls off and looks like a fourth outfielder, then the Phillies could go with a veteran upgrade while they wait for prospect Adam Haseley to rise through the minors.