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Chris Williams

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Chris Williams
Name: Chris Kenichi Williams
Born: Nov 23, 1996 in Garden Grove, CA
College: Clemson
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 8th round (244th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2018 (signed for $10,000)
A 31st-round pick of the Rays in 2017, Williams would have been drafted in the first five rounds had he not injured his shoulder on a pickoff attempt late in the season--an injury that required surgery in the offseason. Williams opened this season still less than 100 percent, and for precautionary reasons, Clemson has had him playing primarily first base. When healthy, Williams showed solid-average arm strength behind the plate, throwing out 50 percent of basestealers; his defensive game needs polish, but he profiles as an offensively geared catcher. His draft stock this year will depend on how teams view the medical reports on his right shoulder and whether they believe he'll be able to stick at catcher long-term. At the plate, Williams has been one of the best power hitters in the Atlantic Coast Conference since transferring from Golden West (Calif.) JC prior to his sophomore year. The righthanded hitter possesses plus pull power and has hit 14 home runs in back-to-back seasons, but his pull-heavy approach leads to swing-and-miss issues and makes him a below-average hitter. Williams' power will get him drafted, but he'll be a much more attractive option if teams believe he can catch.
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