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Nick Williams

Born: 09/08/1993 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 215
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: LF
Tall and lean; room for growth; frame is athletic and presents as a major league body.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/25/2014
Dates Seen 4/24/14 - 4/26/14, 5/20/14 - 5/21/14
Affiliate Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2016 High 60 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 65 Tremendous hand control and ability to barrel the ball; bat is lightning quick through zone; hands will occasionally drift on outside pitches; shows ability to pull in hands on inside pitches; approach is currently below-average; swings at everything; terrific FB hitter; struggles to currently pick up plus spin; CH away is his worst enemy; will need to clean up approach before ever reaching his ceiling.
Power 50 Plus-plus bat speed; ability to barrel up; small lift in the swing; bat is like a whip that drives the ball with force; highly underrated power tool; sells out for power at times; plays best in-game when he keeps himself less violent.
Baserunning/Speed 60 4.10 home to first; 11.09 home to third; second gear is outstanding; plus agility is present; not a good base runner currently; lacks pure instincts on bases to become a truly plus runner, but could still steal 15-20 a year.
Glove 50 Below-average in CF; poor reads; wrong routes; looks lost at times; much better in LF; future role there; shows better routes and has less range to travel and fall off course; raw athleticism and agility make up for many deficiencies in OF.
Arm 45 Not a weapon; inconsistent accuracy, have not seen many throws on a line; some arc; longer release and not strong enough when he cuts it down; will try and make throws as if he has a 60 arm at times.

Williams is a terrific athlete with a tremendous hit tool. The main issues are his approach and defense, as he currently grades below average in both. I think with some increased repetition this season, he will be fine. The bat and approach have already improved in my time seeing Williams this season. I also think the makeup concerns are entirely overblown. He may do some curious things, but nothing that illustrate a bad makeup.

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