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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
wiry frame; could still grow; has a little build but a lot of room for growth; looks presently immature; would feel comfortable if he put on 15 lbs; plus-plus athlete.
Evaluator CJ Wittmann
Report Date 05/04/2014
Dates Seen 4/8-10/14; 4/26-28/14
Affiliate Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A, Cubs)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2016 high 65 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 70 unmatched bat-to-ball skills; plus-plus bat speed and has perfect slight lift coming through the hitting zone; has a true feel for the strike zone and recognizes spin early; tracks the ball extremely deep and uses the whole field well; comfort zone in game is left-CF; can hit premium velocity; features loose hands in pre-swing but gets the bat in a slight angled position toward backstop making path to the ball short and quick; gets hips involved and has very good barrel control; showed great ability to adjust; needs some refinement in approach; free swinger but can barrel anything.
Power 55 plus raw power; present gap-to-gap pop; has more present pull-side power; think it will end up more 2B pop with over the fence ability with added strength; power will come from plus-plus bat speed and lift in swing.
Baserunning/Speed 60 very good athlete; stays low and has quick strides; 4.19 to 1B on ground ball, 7.75 on 2B; aggressive but not a good base runner presently; needs refinement in readings pickoff moves and reading balls in play.
Glove 50 athleticism saves him often; presently extremely raw and reads/routes are very questionable; will make the routine play; don’t think he sees the ball well off the bat but has the speed to make up for some mistakes; with work it could play average eventually but presently well below; LF profile.
Arm 45 little longer release; got behind ball well to throw; lost steam and arched a bit coming in; possible could get stronger with added strength.

Nick Williams is going to hit. This was easily the best natural hitter I’ve seen live. He made a few terrible reads and even started the wrong way when tracking a ball in CF. He’ll never be an asset on defense but he’s athletic so it could get it done. He can run but needs work on the bases. Williams hit tool is well above the rest of his game and if he’s going to hit that well at the highest level, I’m not really sure how much the Rangers will care about the defense.

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