Justin Williams
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
St. Louis Cardinals AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Justin Williams in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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Activated, optioned
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
May 6, 2019
Williams (hand) was activated from 10-day injured list and was optioned to Double-A Springfield on Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Williams has been working in extended spring games and has finally reached the point where he's apparently ready for full game action. The 23-year-old struggled at Triple-A Memphis over a 21-game sample last season (.217/.276/.391), so kicking off his season a level lower could well be a prudent move.
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Williams, who was the second youngest hitter in the Southern League, finished fourth in the league in batting average (.301), third in OPS (.853), fourth in ISO (.189) and fourth in wRC+ (145). The hitters he trailed in those categories were all several years older. He is likely to split time between an outfield corner and DH, which may preclude him from making any real-life lists this offseason, but he should definitely be on the radar in dynasty leagues. The most impressive aspect of his season was that he made massive improvements to his approach (69:37 K:BB) while maintaining his power gains from 2016. One complaint from scouts is that he sometimes needs to be told to swing harder, because he has plus raw power that he still doesn't get to enough. However, he won't turn 23 until late August and if that's the only gripe about his offensive game, he is ahead of schedule. With no significant splits, he has a chance to secure an everyday job in 2019, even with his defensive limitations.
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 21-year-old is the fact that he's still struggling to make good on his power potential, as his total of 10 homers last season represent his professional high-water mark in that category. However, he's proven to be an above-average hitter overall and provided a respectable 30 extra-base hits last season while also driving in 59 runs. He's likely to get a full season at Double-A in 2017 to continue his seasoning, and perhaps finally see a breakout in the home-run department. Currently, he still represents a decent value for dynasty purposes, but his ability to take his fantasy production to the next level remains firmly in question.
The centerpiece of the Rays’ 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 Williams’ 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.
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Making progress toward recovery
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
Hand
April 28, 2019
Williams (hand) is expected to remain in extended spring training until mid-May, after which he'll likely be assigned to Triple-A Memphis, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Placed on injured list
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
Hand
March 25, 2019
Williams (hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.
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Cleared to swing
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
Hand
March 8, 2019
Williams (hand) received clearance to resume swinging a bat Friday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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In observational mode for spring
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
Hand
February 23, 2019
Williams (hand) reported to the Cardinals' big-league spring training last weekend but is expected to only be an observational participant for most of the Grapefruit League schedule, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Suffers hand injury
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
Finger
January 19, 2019
Williams has been diagnosed with fractured and dislocated fingers in his right hand after punching a television, Brian Stull of StlBaseballWeekly.com reports.
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