Texas Rangers: Nick Williams

Minor League Rankings: No. 4 Nick Williams

November, 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving. And while you're waiting on the turkey to be served, check out the latest in our Rangers Minor League Rankings.

Ranking: 4
Player: Nick Williams
Position: LF
Draft selection: 2013, first-round pick
Team: Double-A Frisco
2014 season: Myrtle Beach: 94 G, .292/.343/.491, 13 HR, 68 RBI, 19 W, 117 K. Frisco: 15 G, .226/.250/.290, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 2 W, 21 K
Positives: Has hit on every level
Negatives: Needs to cut down on strikeouts

When will he be here?: Williams will begin the season in Double-A and most likely won't see the big club until 2015. He has to curtail the strikeouts and draw more walks as evident by the 22 in 112 total minor-league games last season. Williams has good speed but scouts would like to see him steal more bases. He played mainly left field but has the ability to become a full-time center fielder.

What they're saying: "Williams has a quick, easy stroke that allows him to repeatedly barrel balls and drive them to all fields. Though he needs to tighten his strike zone, he doesn't swing and miss excessively. He profiles as a middle-of-the-order hitter who can produce for both power and average." -- MLB.com

"Nick Williams made big strides (in 2013), calming down at the plate, taking better at-bats, using the whole field instead of trying to jerk everything down the right field line, and it emerged that he's got pretty good bat-to-ball ability underneath all the showcase showmanship. -- Keith Law, ESPN

The Series:

No. 5. Alex Gonzalez

No. 6 Jake Thompson

No. 7 Nomar Mazara

No. 8 Lewis Brinson

No. 9 Travis Demeritte

No. 10 Corey Knebel

Rangers' top five picks excited to grow together

June, 12, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers' top five picks from the 2012 MLB Draft were introduced together at a news conference Tuesday as the newest members of the organization.

OF Lewis Brinson (Coral Springs HS, Fla.), 3B Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman HS, Nev.), RHP Colin Wiles (Blue Valley West HS, Kan.), OF Jamie Jarmon (Indian River HS, Del.) and OF Nick Williams (Galveston Ball HS, Texas) all received their honorary Rangers jerseys as a symbol of their new contracts.

The five high school prospects talked about how excited they were to be Rangers and grow together as players.

"Just to be a Texas Ranger, that's what drove me," Brinson said. "I view it as a chance to get better and to push each other to get to the big leagues."

Many of the top five draftees spurned attractive offers from college programs to go pro. They all said that the competitive position of the Rangers organization these last few years was too good to turn down.

The top five picks represent a snapshot of the entire Rangers 2012 draft class. The Rangers went heavy on pitchers and athletic outfielders with upside. Jarmon, who quarterbacked his high school to a 12-0 season and a state championship, was one of many football players selected.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that talent level and signability played the biggest roles in the Rangers' 2012 selections.

"We're excited about the whole draft, but it's unique to have five highly desirable athletic kids who want to sign and get their careers going," Daniels said. "We don't have everyone done at this point, but my expectation is to get them all done and under the cap point."

With the ink drying on the contracts of these top five picks, Texas has come to terms with 26 of its 43 selections this year. This is good news for the Rangers because new MLB rules have made signing players quickly more important than ever.

Third-round pick Patrick Cantwell is the Rangers' only top-10 draft pick that has not yet signed. The Stony Brook catcher is preparing for the College World Series and will most likely sign once his school's run ends. The Rangers don't anticipate any issues signing Cantwell.



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