Williams was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.
Williams was designated for assignment last Thursday but passed through waivers and was not the subject of trade interest, so the Yankees will hang onto him at Triple-A until they need him again. The once hyped prospect's biggest asset is his speed, so perhaps if he can earn a prolonged opportunity in the majors, he can add some stolen bases to desperate mixed-league players. However, even though he's still only 25 years old, he'll need to develop the other pieces of his offensive game to regain momentum for his future.
Williams was designated for assignment Thursday, The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports.
Williams was just optioned down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday following 10 days with the Yankees. During his time in the majors, the 26-year-old went 4-for-16 with one RBI and three runs. He has played fine at the Triple-A level this year, but hasn't shown much power with just one home run and 19 RBI in 251 plate appearances. Even though the Yankees are pretty banged up at this moment, there doesn't seem to be a clear role for Williams with the team.
Williams was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
Williams is the roster casualty with Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) returning from the DL, but performed rather well in five games with the team. The 25-year-old hit .250 with one RBI and three runs scored and also snagged two stolen bases. Regardless, Williams returns to Triple-A, where he owns a .243/.289/.275 slash line through 59 games.
This likely means Aaron Hicks (Achilles) is unavailable at least Friday, and the move to bring Williams up might just be Hicks going to the 10-day disabled list, though that hasn't been confirmed. Williams, meanwhile, may occupy center field or left field on the regular until Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) returns, which could happen within the next week. Williams has 12 stolen bases in 59 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year but has underwhelmed at the plate (.243/.289/.275 without a home run in 242 plate appearances). He'll offer more fantasy utility in AL-only formats than mixed leagues.
Williams (knee) will start in center field and bat eighth in the lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, Pete Caldera of The Record reports.
Williams has been sidelined throughout Grapefruit League play while recovering from patellar tendon inflammation in his knee, but the young outfielder has steadily increased his on-field activities in recent days and finally seems to have received a clean bill of health. While the 25-year-old will now have a couple weeks to audition for a reserve role in the outfield, it's possible that the extensive time he's missed knocked him out of the running for a bench job.
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