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Carson Williams has all the tools except the most important tool (hit), but he may be able to make enough contact to still make it as an everyday shortstop in the Willy Adames mold. An athletic 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Williams is a plus defensive shortstop with above-average speed and a 70-grade arm. After hitting 19 home runs in 113 games in his full-season debut as a 19-year-old, Williams hit 23 homers in just 105 games at High-A before getting bumped to Double-A and Triple-A to finish out the season (since those leagues had longer seasons). He'll head back to Double-A this year, and he'll be promoted as quickly as his hit tool warrants. The Wander Franco situation is difficult to project, but unlike Taylor Walls and Osleives Basabe (not enough offense) or Junior Caminero (not enough range), Williams is a no-doubt everyday shortstop as long as he can keep the strikeout rate in the 25-30 percent range. He has a 31.6 percent strikeout rate for his career and had a 31.4 percent strikeout rate in 2023, so he has plenty of work still to do.

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Fantasy News

  • Rays' Carson Williams: Boosted to Triple-A

    The Rays promoted Williams to Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. The 20-year-old shortstop has been lighting it up in High-A Bowling Green recently with a .306/.390/.605 slash line since the beginning of July. The Rays are so confident in Williams that they're allowing him to skip an organizational level and head straight to Triple-A. Williams is a long shot to reach the majors this season, but if his bat acclimates well to a higher level of competition, he could make his MLB debut next year.
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  • Rays' Carson Williams: Falls off after hot start

    Williams is hitting .255/.347/.489 with 13 home runs, 21 steals and 41:125 BB:K in 82 games for Single-A Charleston. Yep, that's 125 strikeouts in 82 games for Williams -- good for an ugly 32.9 percent strikeout rate. He came out of the gate on fire, putting up a .323 average and 1.018 OPS through his first 33 games of the year, but in the 50 games since, he's put up a .208 batting average and .710 OPS. The stolen-base production has fallen off, too -- he's gone 0-for-2 over his last 16 games. Williams still boasts an intriguing power-speed blend, and he's considered a good bet to stick at shortstop, so there's still plenty to dream on here, but as the Rays (and fantasy managers) have seen with the travails of Josh Lowe this year, a subpar hit tool can prevent the other tools from showing through regularly.
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  • Rays' Carson Williams: Enticing results in Single-A

    Williams is hitting .323/.418/.600 with four homers, 12 steals, 1 RBI and 25 runs across 33 games for Single-A Charleston. That 1.018 OPS is the good news; the bad news is that Williams has a 33.3 percent strikeout rate. He's also drawing walks at a decent clip (13.1 percent), but he'll need to cut down on those swing-and-miss issues to have any hope of hitting for decent average in the big leagues. Nonetheless, it's been an incredible start to the year for Williams, who's shown a ton of extra-base ability with 10 doubles and seven triples to accompany his four long balls. Considering his exploits on the bases, it seems like evaluators may have underestimated his speed. He should be a big riser on the midseason prospect lists.
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