Birthdate: 8/20/95 Age at Draft: 17.93
Williams is a 6’3”, 215 pound OF. He has played SS on his HS team and could get a shot at playing the hot corner at the next level but I think he is destined for a corner OF spot. He is a good but not elite athlete.
At the plate is where Williams makes his mark. His big lefthanded power launched homers into the upper deck at the Metrodome at the PG National showcase. He has a quick, simple swing that can get around on velocity and punish balls in batting practice. He has a simple leg lift as the pitch comes in which I like, but he also lifts his back leg just before that, and that needs to be corrected. This is a very small thing but could hinder him against better pitching.
Williams looks like a future middle of the order hitter. He is physically developed already, so his body will need to be watched so he doesn’t outgrow the higher value defensive positions. His arm is very good. His throwing mechanics are a little rough but nothing to cause concern. It is strong enough for 3B or RF and would be an asset wherever he plays as long as the release doesn’t get too long. With the lack of power available this year, I have a hard time seeing Williams slide out of the top 15 and could go in the top 5. If he doesn’t sign, he is a Louisiana State commit.
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