|Williams with Lakewood in 2017, image- J. Floyd|
The California native was the Phils' 3rd round draft selection in 2015. Since then he's worked to improve and the time and patience has being paying off of late, as he has more than doubled his career home run total over the past month. Also, as recently as June 3rd, his batting average dipped as low as .167, but has since shot up to .246 on the season in the Class A Advanced Florida State League.
Strictly a third baseman until this season, Williams has added to his versatility by playing some outfield (left and center), some first base and a game at second base.
Recently, I talked with Williams about his successful month of June. Read ahead for that full interview.
-Related to the improved output...What has been the biggest difference for you this month compared to the first two months of the season?
I think the big thing for me is that I’m not missing fastballs. I’m not fouling off as many pitches and I’d say it’s a physical and mental adjustment. I’ve closed my stance a little bit and set my sights to right center field and I feel that is helping me stay on balls longer.
-What feedback have you gotten from coaches either about your improvements or were there things they said that have helped you make the improvements?
-Are your teammates enjoying your recent success? Any feedback or excited ball busting from those guys?
We’ve been having a lot of success as a team as of late and we, as a team, have been having tons of fun! We are a really close group and are always messing around each other and keeping things loose.
-When there were struggles to maintain decent numbers early in the season, was that discouraging? Did you think you could turn things around as much as you have?
-How do you feel about the new positions on defense? Easy transition or still adapting?
It’s been a fun transition. I grew up playing all around the field so I’ve enjoyed the transition. It keeps things exciting.
-What's the best thing about playing in Clearwater?