Phillies who likely played their last game with Philadelphia
Nick Williams, Outfielder
While Herrera is getting phased out due to some off the field issues, Nick Williams is getting phased out simply due to on the field issues.
After batting .288 his rookie year (2017), opinion on Williams as a player was actually quite high. Landing the starting job the following year, a lot of fans felt he had the potential to be the team’s next Jayson Werth. However, after earning the role of everyday right-fielder, Williams’ numbers started to dip. Williams hit just .256 in 2018, and knocked in five fewer RBIs compared to the year before, despite playing in 57 more games. Needless to say, he had massively failed to live up to expectations.
In the offseason leading up to the 2019 season, the Phillies made a power play in attempting to upgrade the RF position. Spending $330 million on our beloved superstar Bryce Harper, it was obvious Williams would now be relegated to a bench role.
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After batting .158 through the first few months of the season, the team opted to send Williams down to AAA. After he was fired, Kapler even expressed some pretty vocal frustrations about Williams’ 2019 performance.
Williams had a pretty good spell in the minors during 2019, but failed to translate that level of play to this year’s Spring Training. After posting a .095 batting average across 22 plate appearances, Williams was optioned back down to AAA.
The Phillies outfield is already crowded as it is. Harper and Andrew McCutchen obviously aren’t going anywhere, Adam Haseley looked great during the second half of the 2019 season, and guys like Roman Quinn and Jay Bruce are valuable bench bats. After so much poor play over the last year, I doubt Williams ever gets a shot to put on a Phillies uniform again.