Nick Williams
Nick Williams
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Williams is a household name due to his prospect pedigree and the trade that sent him to the Phillies as a major part of the return for Cole Hamels. It appeared that he was ready to evolve from prospect to an above-average major-league hitter when he posted wRC+ marks of 110 and 102 in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, respectively. However, he fell flat in 2019 due to a disastrous 38.4 K%. Little is known about his 2020 campaign as he failed to log a major-league plate appearance and was stuck at alternate sites. However, context suggests that he was unimpressive as he was designated for assignment twice in the span of 35 days. Williams will enter the 2021 season as a 27-year-old on a minor-league deal with the White Sox. He will be in big-league camp, but faces an uphill battle to break through to the majors. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in January of 2021.
Outrighted to alternate camp
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 17, 2021
Williams has cleared waivers and was outrighted to the White Sox's alternate training site Saturday, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Wiliams was designated for assignment by Chicago on Thursday, and he'll now head to the team's alternate facility in Schaumburg. The 27-year-old appeared in four games early in the season and went hitless with a walk, two runs and four strikeouts in 10 at-bats. Williams could report to Triple-A Charlotte once the minor-league season gets underway.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+51%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2020
No Stats
2019
 
 
+60%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .294 17 1 0 2 0 .118 .118 .176
Since 2019vs Right .445 108 10 2 3 0 .141 .213 .232
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right .231 13 2 0 0 0 .000 .231 .000
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .294 17 1 0 2 0 .118 .118 .176
2019vs Right .469 95 8 2 3 0 .157 .211 .258
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2020
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2019
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .436 72 7 1 1 0 .136 .208 .227
Since 2019Away .409 53 4 1 4 0 .140 .189 .220
2021Home .231 13 2 0 0 0 .000 .231 .000
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .471 59 5 1 1 0 .161 .203 .268
2019Away .409 53 4 1 4 0 .140 .189 .220
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Stat Review
How does Nick Williams compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.25
 
BB Rate
7.7%
 
K Rate
30.8%
 
BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.000
 
OBP
.231
 
SLG
.000
 
OPS
.231
 
wOBA
.164
 
Exit Velocity
78.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Williams' days as a starting outfielder may be over. The offseason arrivals of Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper consigned Williams to the bench, but the way his 2019 season turned out fell well below even the more pessimistic expectations. He lost his roster spot in mid-May and went on to receive just 112 plate appearances on the season, hitting an awful .151/.196/.245. To be fair to Williams, the sporadic playing time can't have helped, and he did manage a 141 wRC+ in Triple-A. Still, he's now a 26-year-old corner outfielder with a career .254/.313/.420 slash line in 903 plate appearances, far worse than what most teams will want in the starting lineup. If Williams finds his way to a new city, it's not impossible to envision a rebuilding team giving him a chance to prove that last season's struggles were just a fluke, but even then he'd be a late-round flier and nothing more.
On the surface, Williams appeared to take a step back in his sophomore campaign, with his slash line dropping across the board from .288/.338/.344 to .256/.324/.425. Most of that drop can be chalked up to a regression to the mean by his BABIP, however, which fell from .375 to .312. The 25-year-old made important improvements to his shaky plate discipline which were hidden by that BABIP drop, cutting his strikeout rate from 28.3% to 24.8% while raising his walk rate from 5.8% to a respectable 7.1%. Even the improved version of Williams is hardly a league winner, especially as he’s stolen a total of just four bases thus far in his big-league career, but he’s a capable four-category contributor with the chance to take another step forward in his third season. Williams took on a full-time starting role as the season progressed, though there’s some risk his role could be reduced depending on Philadelphia’s offseason acquisitions.
Williams, one of the more highly regarded members of the prospect cache the Phillies assembled over the last few seasons, hit the big leagues in June and was a quick study. The outfielder, whose poor contact rates in the upper minors founded concerns he might be exposed by major-league pitchers, struck out a manageable 28.3 percent of the time, and parlayed his plus bat speed into ample hard contact (33.6 percent hard-hit rate). More surprising than Williams' steady power output was his .288 batting average over a half season, though a .375 BABIP -- a mark that was high even after factoring in his quick bat and above-average speed -- suggests some regression in the category likely awaits in 2018. In any case, the lefty-hitting Williams' ability to hold his own against both southpaws and right-handers in his first taste of the majors gives him a good chance at holding a full-time role with Philadelphia to begin 2018. The luxury of batting directly in front of or behind rising star Rhys Hoskins, and the addition of Carlos Santana via free agency should prove helpful to Williams' counting numbers.
Williams entered last season with high expectations after taking steps forward in 2015 with his walk rate and cutting back on his strikeouts. Unfortunately, he was unable to build on those improvements at Triple-A last season. Williams saw his walk rate drop from 7.7 percent to 3.6 percent and his strikeout rate balloon from 18.6 percent to 25.8 percent in 2016. Despite those issues, he entered the month of August with a respectable slash line and looked like a lock for a September callup, but then went into a deep funk, hitting just .179/.196/.316 with two homers and 36 strikeouts in 24 games. Two benchings earlier in the year for lack of hustle did not factor into the evaluation for a promotion as Williams' manager at Triple-A indicated he had learned from those mistakes. There is a lot of risk in his profile, but Williams still has plenty of upside thanks to his plus bat speed. He will compete for a roster spot this spring, but may be sent back to Triple-A to begin 2017 as the final step of his development as a prospect.
Williams came over to the Phillies as part of the deal that sent Cole Hamels to the Rangers. He is an aggressive hitter that is prone to striking out, but he showed some signs of improving his approach at the plate last season. His walk rate jumped to seven percent and he cut his strikeout rate to 19 percent. If he can continue that growth while still tapping into his power, then Williams has the potential to be a very valuable fantasy commodity since he can also chip in with double-digit stolen bases. The Phillies will likely start him out at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but Williams could force his way to the majors later this season with a strong performance in the minors.
If Williams had a good approach, he would be one of the top 10 offensive talents in the minor leagues. His ability to make hard contact on fastballs in and around the zone is elite. Williams possesses the high-end bat speed and athleticism that can wow onlookers on his good days. However, he can look downright lost against pitchers who know how to sequence and offer adequate or better off-speed stuff. He had a 28.7% K% and just a 4.7% BB% in 408 plate appearances at High-A Myrtle Beach, and both of those rates went in the wrong direction in a brief 15-game stint at Double-A Frisco to finish the season. Despite a shoddy approach, he was still able to slash .292/.343/.491 with 45 extra-base hits at Myrtle Beach, but it is reasonable to be skeptical of the 21-year-old outfielder’s ability to continue to thrive when he faces more pitchers at Double-A and Triple-A that can spin a breaking ball.
Williams, a second-round pick by the Rangers in the 2012 draft, spent his first full season of professional baseball at Low-A Hickory in a loaded young lineup. Much like his teammate Lewis Brinson, Williams has outstanding tools that are still in need of refinement. As a 19-year-old, an .879 OPS in the Sally League is ultimately going to make people take notice, but the impressive power and speed are met with plate discipline (15:110 BB:K, 404 plate appearances) that must improve as Williams continues move through the organization. He'll likely spend all of 2014 at High-A Myrtle Beach, but Williams is the type of player capable of making a fast move up top prospect lists if he shows signs of putting everything together.
Agreed to terms after being selected in the third round of the June draft.
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Designated for assignment
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 15, 2021
Williams was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Thursday.
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Called up, starting Thursday
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 8, 2021
Williams' contract was selected by the White Sox on Thursday. He's starting in left field for Thursday's game against Kansas City.
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Fails to win job
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
March 30, 2021
Williams was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Battling Hamilton for spot
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
March 28, 2021
Williams and Billy Hamilton are fighting for the White Sox's final roster spot, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Starts in LF
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
March 26, 2021
Williams started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's spring game against the Reds.
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