Rays Prospect Watch: Justin Williams

By: Daniel Satter

Photo Via MILB.com
Photo Via milb.com
Meanwhile, since the minor league season is over here is a update for a player down in the Rays minor league system. Justin Williams just completed his first ever season in the Rays organization. Williams was acquired in the off-season along with Andrew Velazquez for Jeremy “Hellboy” Hellickson. The Rays got 2 exciting prospects, Williams is the gem in the trade so far. Williams is currently the Rays #22 prospect and started the season in low single-a. He spent most of the season in low single-a and ended in high single-a.

In addition, Williams had a really good year by hitting .277 with 7 homers and drove in 48 RBIs between low and high single-a. The 20 year old is a spray hitter which will help him be successful along down the road. Williams has power, but is still trying to find that power stroke. The young lefty has the power potential due to his huge and physical frame to hit 20 to 25 homers a year. Williams has a good glove and arm to fit in the outfield at the MLB level. He is athletic and played shortstop in high school. Williams will start next season in high single-a and will look to keep his productive up to find his way into double-a by the half way mark or end of next season. Williams will most likely get a chance to show Manager Kevin Cash and General Manager Matt Silverman why they traded for him.

 Note: Williams was one of the youngest prospects in the 2013 MLB Draft and also one of the better power hitters in that Draft class. He was drafted in the 2nd round (52nd pick) by the Diamondbacks.


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