Trey Williams entered the year with mixed reviews. Some outlets had him as a top ten prospect. Some had him as a player who rated in the late-first round. Some didn’t even have him as a first rounder. One thing is for sure about the prep third baseman: he’s rated highly in the books of opposing teams.
Williams has been pitched around a lot this year, drawing ten walks on the young season. Ten walks might not sound like a lot, but it’s a big number during the high school season. Consider that in the last three years, he’s drawn 12 walks per season every year. That led to a walk rate in the 12-16% range. His walk rate this year? 29%.
Williams has gotten on base 62.9% of the time this season. He’s also hitting for a .435 average, which would be a career best. The problem is that his power has been down and his strikeouts are up throughout the process. Perhaps that’s a side effect of getting pitched around.
The third baseman is one of the players who could be a potential top ten pick, but needs a big boost to be a consensus selection in that range. If his power picked up, along with the walks, it would go a long way toward giving him that boost.
Mark Appel – 9.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, W (3-1)
Chris Beck – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, ND
Kevin Gausman – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, ND
Kyle Zimmer – 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 HR, W (2-1)
Deven Marrero – 5-for-18 (.278), 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 4 K, 1 BB
Mike Zunino – 4-for-14 (.286), 2 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 K, 2 BB
Trey Williams – 2-for-4 (.500), 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 4 BB
-Kyle Zimmer didn’t have the best conditions on Friday, throwing in 50 degree weather in the rain. He was throwing 91-94, and both breaking balls were working in his second straight shutout. (via Nick Faleris)
-Kevin Gausman has walked nine batters in his last two starts.
-Mike Zunino and Florida play a Florida State on Tuesday.
-Deven Marrero and Arizona State play a two game series against Cal State Fullerton starting on Tuesday.
-Trey Williams and Valencia high school play a game on Wednesday.
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Good stuff. Might want to also list Michael Wacha’s insane year and CG SO Friday night. Moving up draft boards pretty hard.
Any stats on Carlos Correa? looks to be high upside shortstop
It’s hard to find stats for most prep players. I tried looking for them, but couldn’t find them.