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Friday, June 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: NICK WILLIAMS OUTFIELDER

Clearly in the midst of a rebuilding year, the Philadelphia Phillies brought a possible key piece of their future on Friday when they promoted top outfield prospect Nick Williams.  A toolsy player who the team's 2012 second-round pick, Williams goes into his promotion with 15 home runs, 5 stolen bases, and a .280 average at Triple-A.  Getting homers and steals from your outfielder is always a desirable commodity in fantasy baseball and so that alone has Williams as an intriguing add in mixers and especially NL-only formats.  Williams does have his worst though, with the biggest being a lack of plate discipline that manifests itself in the form of a 29.4 K/9 rate and drawing walks at just a 5.2 BB/9 clip.  That won't cut it at the major league level in terms of Williams' chances of not being a major average liability and so he needs to get to work there in a hurry.  However the power is real and Williams has the running ability to pick up some steals as well as a bonus.  There is an equal chance Williams will be back in the minors in a few weeks but he also could hit the ground running and be an asset as well.  A true lottery ticket at this point in the season.  


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