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May 12, 2020 09:00 PM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Likely beneficiary of bigger roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams would be a strong candidate to benefit from the overall roster expansion being proposed for the 2020 regular season, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

Williams had already been optioned to Triple-A Memphis on March 19 after hitting just .143 (4-for-28) across 16 Grapefruit League games. However, Saxon notes the 24-year-old would be highly likely to have an opportunity to continue his development at the big-league level during the proposed truncated season. Working in Williams' favor is the fact he's already on the 40-man roster and that he would represent a source of left-handed power off the bench, the latter a commodity that's otherwise in sparse supply on the Cardinals.

March 19, 2020 03:16 PM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals optioned Williams to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.

Though the Cardinals had no locked-in starters in the outfield before spring training was suspended last week, the organization wants Williams to get more work in at Triple-A before he's given an extended trial in the majors. Williams missed a large chunk of the 2019 season due to multiple injuries, but he was excellent for Memphis when healthy. Over 119 plate appearances with the affiliate, he slashed .353/.437/.608 with seven home runs and 26 RBI. He could be one of the first outfielders St. Louis calls up if a need arises in 2020.

May 7, 2019 09:08 AM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Activated, optioned
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hand) was activated from 10-day injured list and was optioned to Double-A Springfield on Monday, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

Williams has been working in extended spring games and has finally reached the point where he's apparently ready for full game action. The 23-year-old struggled at Triple-A Memphis over a 21-game sample last season (.217/.276/.391), so kicking off his season a level lower could well be a prudent move.

April 29, 2019 02:00 AM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Making progress toward recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hand) is expected to remain in extended spring training until mid-May, after which he'll likely be assigned to Triple-A Memphis, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

Williams derailed the start of his 2019 season back in December when he punched a television, which led to finger fractures. He's been making steady progress throughout the spring, and general manager Michael Girsch reported that Williams seems to be only a handful of weeks away from activation. Girsch additionally revealed that Williams had recently suffered a calf strain, which had actually set his recovery timeline by approximately one week.

March 26, 2019 11:20 AM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday.

Williams is still recovering from a fractured and disclosed fingers in his right hand, so he'll open the season on the shelf. It's unclear how long the outfielder will remain sidelined, but he'll be eligible to return April 4 should he prove ready. Once healthy, Williams figures to be optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

March 9, 2019 01:12 PM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Cleared to swing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hand) received clearance to resume swinging a bat Friday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Williams was diagnosed with a fractured hand and dislocated fingers after punching a television in January. The 23-year-old was expected to be mainly an observer at spring training, but he can get on track towards a return now that he can hit again.

February 23, 2019 03:04 PM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: In observational mode for spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (hand) reported to the Cardinals' big-league spring training last weekend but is expected to only be an observational participant for most of the Grapefruit League schedule, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

Williams had been on track to see plenty of action this spring before preparing for a likely assignment to Triple-A Memphis to begin 2019, but those plans were altered when he fractured and dislocated fingers on his right hand after punching a television in mid-December. The Cardinals haven't established a formal timeline for his return just yet, so there remains some hope that Williams might be able to play at some point before camp closes. The 23-year-old, who was acquired from the Rays last July, slashed .217/.276/.391 over 76 plate appearances with Memphis in 2018.

January 19, 2019 02:36 PM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Suffers hand injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams has been diagnosed with fractured and dislocated fingers in his right hand after punching a television, Brian Stull of reports.

Williams reportedly got angry about a personal issue and punched a television. He's slated to visit the doctor Friday to determine the extent of the damage and to establish a timeline for his return.

July 31, 2018 12:12 PM
Cardinals' Justin Williams: Shipped to St. Louis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams was traded to the Cardinals on Tuesday along with Genesis Cabrera and Roel Ramirez in exchange for Tommy Pham and international slot money, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Williams has primarily played right field for Triple-A Durham this season, a position at which he could fight for playing time with his new organization, with Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler struggling to a .179/.274/.301 line. Williams has knocked a bit of his own prospect shine off after hitting a mediocre .258/.313/.376 for Durham so far this year, though he's young for his level at just 22 years old.

July 22, 2018 12:24 PM
Rays' Justin Williams: Headed back to Durham
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Sunday.

Williams was just recalled by the Rays on Saturday, where he made his major-league debut as a pinch hitter and grounded into a double play. He'll now return to the minors in favor of top prospect Willy Adames, who was recalled from Durham in a corresponding move. With Adeiny Hechavarria (oblique) day-to-day, the team determined a reserve middle infielder was more important than a reserve corner outfielder at this moment in time, though look for Williams to be back with the team down the road.

July 21, 2018 02:32 PM
Rays' Justin Williams: Called up for big-league debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams was called up by the Rays on Saturday.

Williams reaches the big leagues for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old has hit a mediocre .267/.323/.392 in 82 games for Triple-A Durham this season. He'll likely fill a backup role at the corner outfield positions while he remains with the club, though the Rays will likely give him a chance to show what he can do. Hoby Milner was optioned to Durham in a corresponding move.

May 30, 2018 05:08 PM
Rays' Justin Williams: Still adjusting to Triple-A arms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is slashing .250/.324/.397 with 13 extra-base hits (eight doubles, five home runs) and 20 RBI over 174 plate appearances for Triple-A Durham this season.

The promising outfielder hasn't quite been able to feast on Triple-A pitching the way he'd dominated with Double-A Montgomery last season. Williams slashed .301/.364/.489 with the Biscuits in 2017, a line partly comprised of 38 extra-base hits (21 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs) over 409 plate appearances. Predictably, Williams is enduring an acclimation period akin to the one he went through with Double-A pitching in his first season at that level in 2016, when he hit just .250 over a 39-game sample before last season's aforementioned breakout. As was the case then, Williams is currently seeing a spike in strikeout rate, which currently sits at a career-high 24.1 percent. However, if his previous body of work is any indication, a correction is eventually in the cards.

March 11, 2018 01:52 PM
Rays' Justin Williams: Optioned to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays optioned Williams to the minor leagues Sunday.

While the team press release doesn't specify where Williams will report to begin the 2018 campaign, there's a good chance the outfielder heads to Triple-A Durham after slashing an impressive .301/.364/.489 with Double-A Montgomery last season. The production is all the more impressive considering the 22-year-old was one of the youngest hitters in the Southern League in 2017.

November 21, 2017 10:28 AM
Rays' Justin Williams: Joins 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Monday.

Williams will be ineligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft now that he's on the 40-man roster. He slashed .301/.364/.489 over 96 games at Double-A Montgomery last season, while he hit 14 home runs and logged 72 RBI.

August 31, 2017 05:56 PM
Rays' Justin Williams: Surging late in season at Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams, 22, is batting .400 with four home runs and 13 RBI over his last 10 games for Double-A Montgomery.

The recent power surge gives Williams a career-best 14 home runs in 2017. Perhaps most importantly, after showing extremely poor patience at the plate over the last two seasons, Williams has completely reversed course, drawing a career-high 35 walks while fanning just 66 times in 91 games. He is slashing .303/.367/.500 on the year. His stock is trending upward heading into the 2018 campaign.

June 3, 2017 09:56 AM
Rays' Justin Williams: Activated at Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams (undisclosed) was activated from the 7-day DL at Double-A Montgomery on May 30, but he's sat out the last two games.

He went 1-for-9 with three strikeouts in his first two games back, but has since failed to make an appearance, so he may have aggravated whatever injury sent him to the DL in the first place. Williams has a .284/.304/.466 slash line with three home runs and one stolen base (on one attempt) in 88 at-bats as a 21-year-old at Double-A. He could stand to walk a bit more (23:3 K:BB), but the raw tools are impressive.

March 8, 2017 06:56 AM
Rays' Justin Williams: Raps out pair of hits Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams went 2-for-2 with a single and double in Tuesday's 7-6 extra-inning Grapefruit League loss to the Yankees.

The 21-year-old outfielder, currently the Rays' No. 11 prospect, hit safely for the first time in four spring games. Williams remains a work in progress but is receiving valuable exposure to big league pitching this spring following a .250/.277/.446 line over 155 plate appearances at Double-A Montgomery to wrap up 2016. Although he's offered modest power thus far, Williams brings above-average speed and has hit well at multiple minor league stops in the Diamondbacks and Rays organizations, boasting a .310/.343/.433 line with 79 doubles, nine triples, 22 homers and 190 RBI in 337 games.

July 23, 2016 12:48 PM
Rays' Justin Williams: Promoted to Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams, 20, is hitting .200 with two home runs in four games since being promoted to Double-A Montgomery.

Williams earned his promotion to the Southern League by slashing .330/.350/.448 with four home runs in 51 games at High-A, and it's nice to see that he wasted no time hitting for power after joining the Biscuits. Few hitting prospects reach Double-A before their 21st birthday, as Williams has, so as long as he can just keep his head above water over the rest of the season, his stock will be trending up heading into 2017.

May 25, 2016 04:18 PM
Rays' Justin Williams: Back in action with High-A squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is 6-for-17 (.353) with a run scored in four minor league games since returning from the disabled list with an undisclosed injury.

Williams missed over a month with his setback, but he is back on the field with the Rays' High-A affiliate. He is hitting .327 this season and is one of the Rays' better prospects, so he will have a chance to move up a level at some point this summer.

April 27, 2016 01:23 PM
Rays' Justin Williams: On minor league DL with undisclosed injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Williams is on the minor league DL with an undisclosed injury.

He was hitting .313 with zero home runs in eight games for High-A Charlotte prior to the injury, and in terms of upside, he is one of the more intriguing hitters in the Rays' system. His status will be updated when the nature of his injury becomes clear, or he returns to action.

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