21-Year-Old Outfielder – Tampa Bay Rays
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Williams split his time between High-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery and put together a solid campaign, slashing a combined .295/.318/.447 over 342 at-bats. The biggest concern with respect to the...
Williams, 20, is hitting .200 with two home runs in four games since being promoted to Double-A Montgomery.
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Justin Williams: Minor League Games Played By Position
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsAndriese, Matt (P)
AAAdames, Willy (SS)
A+Alvarado, Jose (P)
ABurke, Brock (P)
RookieBetts, Chris (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The centerpiece of the Raysí return in the 2014 Jeremy Hellickson trade with Arizona, Williams has still not lived up to his potential as a power-hitting corner outfield prospect. He is still just 20 years old, so it is too early to write him off, but he has just 12 home runs in 969 professional at-bats in the lower levels of the minor leagues. This is disappointing for someone whose calling card is supposed to be plus raw power. On the bright side, his hit tool may be slightly better than advertised, as he hit .277 in 470 at-bats across Low-A and High-A last year without posting an unusually high BABIP at either stop, but he also had just 14 walks, which kept his OBP just below .300. One would assume that strikeouts might be a bit of an issue, but he actually had K-rates below 19 percent at both levels. It will be crucial for Williamsí power to start showing up more in games this year.
Selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, Williams was considered to be a raw, athletic prospect. The 18-year-old hit .351 in low levels of the minors last year. While he didn't show any of it last season, he is expected to have above average power. His long-term position has not been nailed down, although he currently profiles as an outfielder. Williams needs quite a bit of seasoning before becoming a threat to make the major league roster, but the D-Backs gave him a three-game taste of the Midwest League last summer, and he may begin 2014 as one of the younger players at Low-A South Bend if the organization feels he's ready for full-season ball.