- Full name William Daniel Rhymes
- Born 04/01/1983 in Houston, TX
- Profile Ht.: 5'8" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: L / Throws: R
- School William & Mary
- Debut 07/25/2010
Drafted in the 27th round (810th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2005.
View Draft Report2B Will Rhymes enjoyed an excellent senior year, setting the table with team-bests in average (.413), on base-percentage (.451) and runs (58) while producing a 16-15 walk-strikeout ratio. Neither his tools nor his stature (5-foot-9, 155 pounds) overwhelm, but Rhymes plays hard and could prove a solid organizational player.
Organization Prospect Rankings
Often overlooked because of his small stature, Rhymes has nonetheless made himself into a prospect. He'll never be mistaken for a toolsy middle infielder, but his peskiness has earned him praise as a lefthanded-hitting version of David Eckstein. Rhymes brings one element--speed--that the Tigers have sorely lacked on their big league roster. His plus speed and instincts have allowed him to steal bases at an 81 percent clip in the minors. Though he'll need to be a contact hitter to stick in the majors, he has been known to take huge swings and will chase pitches outside the strike zone. His superb hand-eye coordination allows him to overcome those shortcomings much of the time. Rhymes should develop into a solid defender at second base, his most natural position, though his footwork around the bag needs to improve. He has good hands and solid range at second base. He doesn't have enough arm to be a regular shortstop, but he could fill in there for a few days if needed. Rhymes offers enough on both sides of the ball that he profiles as an Aaron Miles-type utility player. He helped his cause by hitting .287 in the Arizona Fall League and will open 2009 as Detroit's starting second baseman in Triple-A.
Best Tools List
- Rated Best Defensive 2B in the International League in 2011