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Shane Wahl
04-27-2013, 03:36 PM
JaDamion Williams
RF-LF-CF
5'11'', 183 pounds
Bats: both, Throws: right
DOB: 11-20-1990

Known for his blazing speed, Williams had a fantastic season in 2011 at Elizabethon, but was a bit overshadowed by Sano and Rosario. 2012 was a bad year for Williams at low-A.

So far in 2013 he is off to a strong start returning to low-A ball. His OPS is 1.052 and he has already hit 3 homers, which was half his total for all of 2012. After a bad k/bb rate in 2012 of 39/115, he has turned in a 14/11 rate so far, which is a very good thing to see. He has already swiped 6 bags and looks much more like the player from 2011.

Williams could very likely finish the season at Fort Myers and he will be an interesting player to watch in the outfield over the next few seasons to see where he measures up against the rest of the deep OF pool found in the Twins organization.

Shane Wahl
04-29-2013, 09:19 PM
Q & A with JD Williams - Blogs - Minnesota Twins News & Rumors Forum (http://twinsdaily.com/blogs/sd-buhr/3258-q-jd-williams.html)

Big thanks to SD Buhr for this interview.

Williams is impressing this year and has a good attitude about baseball. He has some impressive athletic ability to go with it, so 2013 will be interesting to watch.

Shane Wahl
05-07-2013, 10:07 AM
Season numbers for Williams:

.219/.402/.422, with 4 doubles, 3 homers, 6-4 SB-CS, and 20-19 BB-K.

To note here are that his ISO numbers have exploded this year and that is a good sign for someone repeating a league--he isn't stagnating, getting bogged down, etc. and instead is improving.

I am very interested to see what the Twins do with him. His OPS is inching near his 2011 ELZ mark and the OF situation is obviously quite crowded, especially after the return of Max Kepler. It wouldn't surprise me if the Fort Myers OF by the end of the season was Williams-Buxton-Walker.

Shane Wahl
05-20-2013, 02:10 PM
Season numbers for Williams:

.255/.411/..511 (.922), 8/2/4, 8-4, 25-28.

Williams has an OPS of 1.248 over his last 10 games and is now really starting to slug the ball to go with his speed.

With Angel Morales starting to find his way in A+ ball, I have to wonder if Williams is going to make the jump there soon.

Shane Wahl
05-23-2013, 04:50 PM
Williams has sustained his offense so far this week. He is now at .262/.419/.495 (.914), while adding another stolen base, three walks and only one strikeout. I tend to look at high ISO numbers as a good predictor of success as long as the BB/K ratio is not bad. It's actually very good in this case 28/29.

If I were the "decider" I would promote Williams to Fort Myers immediately (Morales to NB, NB gets rid of some filler, and Dereck Rodriguez joins Cedar Rapids).

Williams is performing ABOVE his 2011 season right now. There is no reason to wait around.

Shane Wahl
05-30-2013, 12:44 AM
Williams is now at .263/.409/.492 (.901) and has stolen nine bases. I would like to see him at the top of the Fort Myers lineup real soon. There is no reason why he shouldn't be promoted.

Shane Wahl
06-03-2013, 12:46 PM
Williams' OPS has dropped some, thanks to a walk drought (which I am not that concerned about). He still is at .849 for the season and I have to think he might be looking at a promotion to Fort Myers very soon, especially if the Clete Thomas promotion to the Twins causes a chain reaction.

lightfoot789
06-03-2013, 12:54 PM
Williams' OPS has dropped some, thanks to a walk drought (which I am not that concerned about). He still is at .849 for the season and I have to think he might be looking at a promotion to Fort Myers very soon, especially if the Clete Thomas promotion to the Twins causes a chain reaction.

I think your right. He is deserving with his OPS and OB%

Shane Wahl
06-11-2013, 09:45 AM
The power numbers are still in decline but the OBP was .429 over the past week. Also, in the game on Monday, Williams advanced Buxton over to third by pulling over on a ball that was on the other half of the plate. I get a sense that Williams has done that more than a few times this year. And, as they should, the Twins like that sort of thing (as the big league club really needs this fundamental skill). Tom Kelly commented on it during the game.

I still expect Williams to be moving with Buxton (and Hicks) to Fort Myers.

Shane Wahl
06-17-2013, 10:43 AM
In his 2012 Beloit season, J.D. Williams drew 39 walks in 407 plate appearances. He struck out 115 times.

In 2013, Williams has reached 39 walks in 236 plate appearances. He has struck out just 50 times.

His ISO numbers have climbed by .110 in his repeat season.

SD Buhr
06-17-2013, 04:39 PM
I think Williams' chances of being promoted hinge a little bit on who the organization believes is ready to be promoted to play the OF in Cedar Rapids. With Buxton almost certain to be moving up, they're going to need someone who can play CF. I haven't heard a thing about Kepler's elbow and whether he's even throwing yet so I don't know if/when he'll be arriving.

I agree, though, that JD should move up any time. It's time to find out if he can succeed at the hi-A level.

Shane Wahl
06-24-2013, 12:25 PM
Williams has gone wild of late, going 7-for-16 in his past four games, homering in Sunday's game.

His .825 OPS with 13 stolen bases is nothing to scoff at this far into the season. This is a big turnaround from last year and surely means good things for Williams for the rest of the season as he eyes that promotion. He will be getting some CF time now for awhile first.

Shane Wahl
07-03-2013, 01:00 PM
Williams has gone off in the past week, with a .538 batting average and 1.400+ OPS. He hit a couple of triples in the week. His season OPS is now at .861 and he is flourishing in Buxton's absence. I have to wonder how much longer the Twins are going to keep him down in Cedar Rapids.

Oxtung
07-05-2013, 10:59 AM
It would be interesting to know why some players don't get moved up. Now, JD is on a big hot streak right now which has helped push his numbers higher, but he has been hitting well all season. He is now 22 and repeating low A. He has certainly made a big improvement over last season, .865 OPS vs. .651 OPS. Fort Meyers' only prospect in the OF is Buxton so nobody is blocking him. All of the available information says he is ready to move up. It will be interesting to see if he gets the call shortly.

Shane Wahl
07-05-2013, 12:51 PM
It would be interesting to know why some players don't get moved up. Now, JD is on a big hot streak right now which has helped push his numbers higher, but he has been hitting well all season. He is now 22 and repeating low A. He has certainly made a big improvement over last season, .865 OPS vs. .651 OPS. Fort Meyers' only prospect in the OF is Buxton so nobody is blocking him. All of the available information says he is ready to move up. It will be interesting to see if he gets the call shortly.

I agree. I really don't understand the waiting with him here.

birdwatcher
07-05-2013, 02:11 PM
It would be interesting to know why some players don't get moved up. Now, JD is on a big hot streak right now which has helped push his numbers higher, but he has been hitting well all season. He is now 22 and repeating low A. He has certainly made a big improvement over last season, .865 OPS vs. .651 OPS. Fort Meyers' only prospect in the OF is Buxton so nobody is blocking him. All of the available information says he is ready to move up. It will be interesting to see if he gets the call shortly.

I'd guess the key phrase is "all the available information". We have to remember that the pro staff in CR has years of development experience. They see the kid every day, on and off the field. We won't know if they're saying he's not ready with every aspect of his game, but it's possible they believe he still needs a little more time, and who are we to argue, right?

diehardtwinsfan
07-05-2013, 07:18 PM
Twins like to keep guys in CR for an entire year. He's done well, but hasn't dominated. He will finish the year in CR and start in FM next year.

Oxtung
07-05-2013, 11:21 PM
I'd guess the key phrase is "all the available information". We have to remember that the pro staff in CR has years of development experience. They see the kid every day, on and off the field. We won't know if they're saying he's not ready with every aspect of his game, but it's possible they believe he still needs a little more time, and who are we to argue, right?

That's why I opened my paragraph with:


It would be interesting to know why some players don't get moved up.

I tried to be very clear I wasn't calling for him to get moved. Just saying all the available information says he is ready to move.

Oxtung
07-05-2013, 11:25 PM
Twins like to keep guys in CR for an entire year. He's done well, but hasn't dominated. He will finish the year in CR and start in FM next year.

If this was his first season in low A I would understand better. Harrison and Walker are both putting up very similar numbers; very good but not dominating. On the other hand this is JD's second full season in low A ball. He has shown he corrected whatever mistakes he had last year, at least with his batting. If there are no unknown extenuating circumstances I would think the Twins would want to move him up so he can catch up to his "class" of recruits. If they don't promote him this season he will be 25 years old at AAA, assuming he makes it that far.

jokin
07-05-2013, 11:42 PM
If this was his first season in low A I would understand better. Harrison and Walker are both putting up very similar numbers; very good but not dominating. On the other hand this is JD's second full season in low A ball. He has shown he corrected whatever mistakes he had last year, at least with his batting. If there are no unknown extenuating circumstances I would think the Twins would want to move him up so he can catch up to his "class" of recruits. If they don't promote him this season he will be 25 years old at AAA, assuming he makes it that far.

....or in other words....right on par with the typical player in the Twins development schedule. Look at the Red Wings roster....for position players, James Beresford (24) and Chris Hermann (25) are the only ones on the roster that young.

I gotta think Richardson will be traded before then, as the Twins will be actively looking to begin adding better prospects to the 40-man- beginning this off-season.

Seth Stohs
07-06-2013, 01:39 AM
I talked to JD after the game tonight. Saw him in Beloit several times last year. He needed to repeat. And, as others have said, he's been good. I think he could move up if there was a need. Good approach at the plate and an incredible athlete. Great guy!

Oxtung
07-07-2013, 01:31 AM
....or in other words....right on par with the typical player in the Twins development schedule. Look at the Red Wings roster....for position players, James Beresford (24) and Chris Hermann (25) are the only ones on the roster that young.

I gotta think Richardson will be traded before then, as the Twins will be actively looking to begin adding better prospects to the 40-man- beginning this off-season.

Age when they reached AAA:

21: Mauer,

22: Swarzak, Gibson, Arcia, Morneau, Plouffe, Hendriks,

23: Perkins, Hicks, Tonkin,

24: Duensing, Diamond (23 @AAA w/Braves),

25: Thielbar, Dozier, Florimon,

Seems like most prospects make it before 25.

Shane Wahl
07-12-2013, 01:44 PM
While he has simmered a bit in the past week, Williams has an OPS of 1.062 over the past 4 weeks.

Clearly, he needed to repeat--not sure who would have argued against that . . . but now he has been pretty dominant and there is room for advancement up the Twins system with fill-in help at every level above him.

Shane Wahl
07-17-2013, 02:47 PM
Congratulations to JD Williams on his promotion to Fort Myers. It is very much deserved and will be a new challenge for him.

Shane Wahl
07-23-2013, 11:58 AM
A hot start in Fort Myers was cooled off by one 0-for-4 game. It's good that the Twins are starting to slowly clear the logjam situation in the outfield, but more work needs to be done. I would expect Williams to get up to a full season in Fort Myers and then we will see what his future looks like from there.

Shane Wahl
08-04-2013, 11:18 AM
Williams is still holding his own in the FSL.

Fort Myers 2013 stats: .322/.394/.373 (.767). He has stolen 8 bases in his short time with Fort Myers.

Shane Wahl
08-20-2013, 08:53 AM
Williams is struggling to do much with the ball right now in the FSL. It is going to take a full season there to adjust, I think.