Player: Justin Williams
Drafted by: Arizona Diamondbacks (No. 52 Overall)
DOB: 8/20/1995 (Age: 17)
Height/Weight: 6’3”/215 lbs
School: Terrebonne High School (LA)
Previously Drafted: N/A
A former infielder, Williams has bulked up and now figures to make a name for himself as a power-hitting corner outfielder.
After hitting .519 with eight homers, nine doubles and 25 RBI as a junior, Williams embarked upon a summer spent on the showcase circuit, showing off his prodigious power, which is easily tops among all high school hitters in this draft.
While Williams is a masher at the plate, in the field he's more of a liability. He does have great arm strength, but he's barely agile enough right now to handle a corner outfield spot.
There's a chance he could end up at third base, where his arm would play quite well, but it's more likely he'll end up in the outfield.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Relatively raw in terms of pure hitting ability; incredible bat speed; not just all power; can shorten his swing and drive pitches to the opposite field; simple, somewhat violent-looking swing; can get uppercut-happy; hasn't looked comfortable against quality breaking stuff; tended to swing at just about every pitch at showcases; not very selective.
Power is top tool; puts on prodigious displays in batting practice; can sometimes be all-or-nothing swinger; when he does connect, the ball goes a real long way; future home run champion assuming he can work on pitch selectivity; questions as to whether or not he'll make enough contact for power to be usable.
Speed isn't his best asset; not slow enough to be called a base-clogger, but worries that he could bulk up and slow down even more; will have to really work hard to keep from becoming a liability as a runner and fielder.
Better athlete than most give him credit for; still not fast or quick enough to play anything other than a corner outfield spot; could play third base, but wouldn't offer much defensively besides arm strength; footwork not at the level to where he could handle the hot corner right now; will need more coaching to be able to handle the nuances of either position.
Solid arm strength; easily best defensive tool; accurate throws; arm would play either at third base or in the outfield; outside shot he ends up across the diamond in the infield at first base.
MLB Player Comparison: Nelson Cruz
Projection: .250/35 HR potential; decent amount of strikeouts; All-Star potential if he can become more selective at the plate; more likely a platoon player.
MLB ETA: 2018
Chances of Signing: 70%
Williams has the added leverage of a commitment to LSU, which means he won't come cheap, but he seems eager to get started with a professional career.
He's also incredibly passionate about the study of the game. As much as he could use the college ranks to sharpen some aspects of his game, he'll likely benefit more from pro coaching.
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