Nick Williams
Nick Williams
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Philadelphia Phillies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018.
Sits for third straight day
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
September 16, 2018
Williams is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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This marks the third consecutive day Williams will ride the pine, though Sunday's absence is a bit more curious given that the Marlins are trotting right-hander Jose Urena to the hill to start the series finale. Williams has cooled off significantly, though, compiling just a .407 OPS over the past 14 games, so perhaps getting a bit more time off was in the cards as a result of that. Regardless, Odubel Herrera will slide over to right field to replace him while Roman Quinn takes a turn patrolling center.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .682 184 17 4 26 1 .253 .321 .361
Since 2016vs Right .807 602 79 25 79 3 .275 .334 .474
2018vs Left .625 91 8 2 7 1 .232 .308 .317
2018vs Right .786 352 43 15 43 2 .263 .330 .456
2017vs Left .738 93 9 2 19 0 .274 .333 .405
2017vs Right .838 250 36 10 36 1 .293 .340 .498
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .765 390 51 15 46 3 .261 .331 .435
Since 2016Away .791 396 45 14 59 1 .278 .331 .460
2018Home .783 207 28 9 24 3 .262 .333 .449
2018Away .727 236 23 8 26 0 .251 .318 .409
2017Home .746 183 23 6 22 0 .261 .328 .418
2017Away .884 160 22 6 33 1 .318 .350 .534
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
7.2%
 
K Rate
24.6%
 
BABIP
.312
 
ISO
.170
 
AVG
.256
 
OBP
.324
 
SLG
.426
 
OPS
.750
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Sits against second straight southpaw
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
September 15, 2018
Williams will sit for the second straight game Saturday against the Marlins, as the Phillies face another lefty in Jarlin Garcia.
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Out against lefty
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
September 14, 2018
Williams will take a seat Friday against lefty Wei-Yin Chen and the Marlins.
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Back in action Monday
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
September 10, 2018
Williams (shoulder, finger) is back in the lineup Monday against Washington.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
Shoulder
September 9, 2018
Williams is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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Out against lefty
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
September 7, 2018
Williams is on the bench against the left-handed Steven Matz and the Mets on Friday.
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