Nick Williams (baseball)

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Nick Williams
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 5
Outfielder
Born: (1993-09-08) September 8, 1993 (age 23)
Galveston, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 30, 2017, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through August 17, 2017)
Batting average .288
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 25
Teams

Billy Nicholas Williams (born September 8, 1993) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career[edit]

Williams was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft out of Ball High School in Galveston, Texas.[1] He was committed to Texas A&M University, but signed with the Rangers.[2] He made his professional debut with the Arizona League Rangers, hitting .313/.375/.448 with two home runs in 201 at-bats over 48 games. He played the 2013 season with the Hickory Crawdads.[3] He played in 95 games during the season, hitting .293/.337/.543 with 17 home runs over 376 at-bats.

Prior to the 2014 season, Williams was ranked by Baseball America as the Rangers fourth best prospect and the 97th best overall in baseball.[4][5]

On July 31, 2015, Williams was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Matt Harrison, Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhoff in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.[6][7] The Phillies added him to their 40-man roster after the 2016 season.[8]

The Phillies promoted Williams to the major leagues on June 30, 2017,[9] and Williams made his MLB debut the same night. On July 9, 2017, Williams hit his first MLB home run off of Trevor Cahill during a 7-1 Phillies win versus the Padres.[10] Nine days later, on July 18, 2017, Nick Willams led the Phillies to victory with his first career grand slam against the Brewers.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FOX. "FOX 26 Houston News, Weather, Traffic, Sports - KRIV". KRIV. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Writer: Texas A&M baseball picks up ‘surprise’ signee". College Sports Blog. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Texas-born Williams playing well despite early injury". observernewsonline.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2014 Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2014 Baseball America Top 100 Prospects: The 25th Edition". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Zolecki, Todd (July 31, 2015). "Hamels' trade to Texas is complete". MLB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ Badler, Ben (July 31, 2015). "Trade Central: Phillies Get Impact Talent, Depth In Hamels Deal". Baseball America. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Phillies add 11 players in 40-man roster overhaul". Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ Gross, Stephen (June 30, 2017). "No. 4 prospect Nick Williams promoted to Phillies, starting in left field". mcall.com. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Phils hit 6 homers in 7-1 rout of Padres". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  11. ^ "Nick Williams' 1st career slam lifts Phils over Brewers 5-2". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 

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