Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Marland Williams Report

Marland Williams, OF. Arizona Diamondbacks
Drafted 1088th Overall (36th Rd), 2001 Draft, North Florida Community College
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 5'9", 175 lbs

Williams can absolutely fly. He's a Juan Pierre kind of center fielder, catching every fly ball hit within a couple area codes of him. He also has truly impressive skills on the basepaths. The problem is that he's a very mediocre hitter.

2004 El Paso: .257/.315/.390, 21 2B, 10 3B, 8 HR, 40 BB, 116 K, 48 SB, 8 CS, 487 AB
2005 Tennessee: .295/.362/.439, 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 15 BB, 34 K, 17 SB, 0 CS, 132 AB
mL Career: .268/.326/.375, 47 2B, 22 3B, 17 HR, 113 BB, 335 K, 173 SB, 22 CS, 1324 AB

Very little power, below average walk rate, above average strikeout rate, great base-stealing. That percentage is Beltran-like. He should at least end up as a AAA fixture. He could be useful as a 5th outfielder, especially for a team like the Yankees that needs a pinch runner for guys like Giambi, Martinez, and Posada, and also needs a defensive replacement in the outfield. He isn't likely to be a starter on the major league level. Think more Tike Redman than Juan Pierre here. There are a lot of guys like this floating around out there. Every once in a while, one of them (Doug Glanville, Tom Goodwin) gets in a manager's head and ends up starting for a couple years before fading into the obscurity from whence he came. Most of the time they end up like Kerry Robinson, having brief glimpses of playing time sprinkled through a career littered with AAA signposts and cups of coffee here and there.

ETA: 2006
2 Stars

I'm heading to Baltimore tomorrow morning, and will be there through the weekend. Have a nice week, everybody.

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