Nick Williams was your selection as the #5 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Williams garnered 40% of the votes, another plurality rather than a majority. Sixto Sanchez finished a distant second with 23%. Franklyn Kilome (19%) finished third ahead of a fading field.
Nick Williams came to the Phillies on July 31, 2015 as part of the Cole Hamels trade. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers out of high school in the second round of the 2012 Amateur Draft. He was a fast riser in the Rangers organization, reaching AA Frisco in the Texas League as a 20-year old in his third season. Williams continued to perform well in 2015 in both the Texas League for the Rangers (.299/.357/.479/.836) and the Easter League after being traded to the Phillies (.320/.340/.536/.876).
After a slow start at AAA Lehigh Valley in 2016, Williams settled in and posted a .281/.311/.462/.773 slash through August 6th before a horrid slump during the final 4 weeks of the season lowered his slash to .258/.287/.427/.714.
Williams needs to improve his plate discipline. His 2016 BB% and K% of 3.6% and 25.8% weren’t to far off his career numbers of 4.9% and 24.7%. But, they are an area that could stand some improvement. In spite of his dreadful finish last season, 40.6% of Williams’ base hits went for extra bases.
Hopefully, the last 4 weeks of the 2016 season were an aberration, as they appear to be compared to the rest of his career, and a reunion with Dusty Wathan in Lehigh Valley will bring a return of Williams’ prior performance.
Williams is a left-handed batter. As expected, his splits are more favorable against RHP. In fact, only one of his 13 HR came off a lefty last season.
Wiliams split time among all 3 outfield position in AAA. He committed only 3 errors, 2 in CF and 1 in RF.
After being traded at the deadline, Williams drove 22 hours to Reading and went 2 for 5 in his Fightin’ Phillies debut against Trenton, IN Trenton on August 4th.
Next up is your selection for the #6 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
Don’t forget to visit the poll in 2017 Phuture Phillies Reader Top 30 Poll – Additional Prospects Poll to cast your ballot for the prospects you think should be added to the remaining polls. Over 3200 votes have been cast so far. If you’ve already participated, thank you. The leaders remain Ben Lively, Carlos Tocci, Andrew Pullin, Jose Pujols, and Jesse Valentin. Lively has by far been listed on the most ballots. The poll will close Friday night.