Justin Williams
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
St. Louis Cardinals AAA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
July 31, 2018
Williams was traded to the Cardinals on Tuesday along with Genesis Cabrera and Roel Ramirez in exchange for Tommy Pham and international slot money, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Williams has primarily played right field for Triple-A Durham this season, a position at which he could fight for playing time with his new organization, with Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler struggling to a .179/.274/.301 line. Williams has knocked a bit of his own prospect shine off after hitting a mediocre .258/.313/.376 for Durham so far this year, though he's young for his level at just 22 years old.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 Justin 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.
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BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
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BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
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OBP
.000
 
SLG
.000
 
OPS
.000
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Headed back to Durham
OFTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 22, 2018
Williams was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Sunday.
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Called up for big-league debut
OFTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 21, 2018
Williams was called up by the Rays on Saturday.
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Still adjusting to Triple-A arms
OFTampa Bay Rays  AAA
May 30, 2018
Williams is slashing .250/.324/.397 with 13 extra-base hits (eight doubles, five home runs) and 20 RBI over 174 plate appearances for Triple-A Durham this season.
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Optioned to minors
OFTampa Bay Rays  AAA
March 11, 2018
The Rays optioned Williams to the minor leagues Sunday.
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Joins 40-man roster
OFTampa Bay Rays  AAA
November 20, 2017
Williams was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Monday.
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