Williams is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Harrison Bader's return from the 10-day injured list Thursday has resulted in Williams' run of regular playing time coming to an end. Williams will be on the bench for a third straight game to close out the weekend, and he looks like he'll be relegated to a fourth-outfielder role moving forward.
Williams went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's 12-5 win over the Nationals.
His fifth-inning blast was one of five homers by the Cards on the night -- and the only one not hit off Joe Ross. Williams is getting consistent playing time with Tyler O'Neill (groin) and Harrison Bader (forearm) on the shelf, and he's been thriving, going 7-for-21 (.333) over the last seven games with his first two career homers, four runs and six RBI. O'Neill could be back as soon as this weekend, but Williams is making a strong case to remain in the lineup.
Williams went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Phillies.
Williams has served as the starting left fielder in each of the past four games with Tyler O'Neill (groin) and Harrison Bader (forearm) sidelined. He put the Cardinals on the board in the eighth inning of Friday's contest with a two-run blast, which was the first home run of his career. The 25-year-old should continue to see increased time in the starting lineup while O'Neill and Bader remain out.
Williams went 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.
Williams has earned inconsistent playing time early on this season, but he'll be relied upon more in the absence of both Tyler O'Neill (groin) and Harrison Bader (forearm). He delivered Tuesday, recording his first multi-hit game of the season and also driving in his first runs of the campaign. Though Williams started the season 0-for-10 at the plate, he's since collected at least one hit in four of six appearances, improving his on-base percentage to .321.
Williams is expected to split playing time with Austin Dean in left field during Tyler O'Neill's (groin) stint on the injured list, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Williams started Monday's game against the Nationals in left field for the first time this season after making his other seven appearances in right field. The 25-year-old entered Monday's start with a .111/.200/.111 line and seven strikeouts across 20 plate appearances, however, so he'll naturally have to boost his production at the plate to continue seeing an appreciable amount of playing time in that split with Dean.
Williams is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Williams is on the bench for a second straight day against a right-handed pitcher, signaling that he may have surrendered his strong-side platoon role in right field following an 0-for-10 start to the season. Tommy Edman will shift from second base to right field, opening up the keystone for Matt Carpenter for the second game in a row.
Williams is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
After sitting out against lefty Trevor Rogers in Monday's series opener, Williams will now remain on the bench against a right-hander (Sandy Alcantara) on Tuesday. The Cardinals won't have usual platoon mate Austin Dean replace Williams in right field; instead, Tommy Edman will get a turn in the outfield to open up a start at second base for Matt Carpenter.
Williams is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
With a lefty (Trevor Rogers) on the bump for Miami, Williams will take a seat in favor of platoon mate Austin Dean. Williams went hitless with five strikeouts in nine at-bats while starting all three games of the Cardinals' season-opening series in Cincinnati.
Williams went 0-for-4 while starting in right field and batting eighth Thursday against the Reds.
Williams made both the roster and starting lineup to begin the season with Harrison Bader (forearm) sidelined. He figures to start regularly against right-handed pitching early on, but he could lose playing time to Austin Dean or John Nogowski if he fails to produce.
Williams, who got off to a very slow start at the plate this spring, has seen his chances of sticking on the Opening Day roster increase due to both his play and the recent forearm injury to Harrison Bader, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. "Williams has definitely done his part," said manager Mike Shildt, "especially recently."
The 25-year-old has been lauded for putting good wood on the ball as spring has gone on, with Williams boosting his exhibition average to .286 on Wednesday against the Mets courtesy of a two-run single in his only plate appearance. The outfielder's left-handed bat also works in his favor, considering the Cardinals are seeking more hitting depth from that side of the plate. Bader's injury, which currently projects to keep him out until at least late April, also gives Williams a potential inside track to opening the season as the starting right fielder even though an arbiter determined that he'll have a fourth minor-league option for 2021.
Williams will have a fourth minor-league option for 2021, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Williams and the Cardinals initially weren't sure whether the 25-year-old would have a minor-league option for 2021. However, St. Louis will have more flexibility with Williams this year, as an arbitrator granted the outfielder an extra option after he spent most of the 2020 season at the Cardinals' alternate training site. Even with his additional option, Williams should compete for the starting job in right field to begin the season with Harrison Bader (forearm) out at least four weeks.
Williams, who's battling for a reserve outfield spot in spring training, is hitting just .091 (1-for-11) with an RBI and a walk across his first five Grapefruit League games.
The 25-year-old has plenty of talented competition for a spot in the outfield rotation, as fellow prospects Dylan Carlson and Lane Thomas are considered to be ahead of him in terms of their chances of sticking on the Opening Day roster. Williams went 1-for-5 across his first three games of big-league action in a Cardinals uniform in 2020, but his spectacular .353/.437/.608 slash line across 119 plate appearances at Triple-A Memphis in 2019 and several other strong minor-league seasons at the plate while with the Rays organization render him an intriguing prospect the Cardinals appear willing to give a long look to this spring.
Williams was optioned to the Cardinals' alternate training site Monday.
Williams spent just under a week on the major-league roster as outfield depth, and he went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts while appearing in three games. Dexter Fowler was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list and should serve as the starting right fielder going forward.
Williams will remain on the Cardinals' 28-man roster following Wednesday's doubleheader against the Brewers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Williams was called up to serve as the 29th man for Wednesday's twin bill, going 1-for-3 in Game 1 and coming up empty as a pinch hitter in Game 2. He'll remain in the majors as outfield depth after Johan Oviedo was optioned to the alternate training site Thursday.
The Cardinals recalled Williams from their alternate training site ahead of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Brewers. He'll start in right field and will bat seventh in the first game of the twin bill, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
St. Louis designated Williams as their 29th man for the doubleheader, so the team would need to remove another player from the active roster following Wednesday's games in order for the outfielder to stick around. Williams has yet make his Cardinals debut, but he previously received a cup of coffee with the Rays in 2018.
Williams, who's been much more productive in summer camp than during a Grapefruit League stint in which he hit .148, slugged a two-run home run off Daniel Ponce de Leon in Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The outfielder demonstrated why he might be a candidate to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench with his blast, his latest step toward potentially securing an Opening Day roster spot. Williams slashed an outstanding .353/.437/.608 across 119 plate appearances at Triple-A Memphis last season, and his ability to play both corner outfield spots or even serve as a designated hitter could help him snag a job to open the regular season. The 24-year-old also received plenty of accolades from manager Mike Shildt following Sunday's game, with the Cardinals' skipper noting Williams "has definitely improved in all the areas" and proceeding to specifically praise his attentiveness and willingness to learn.
Williams has been included in the player pool that will report to the Cardinals' summer camp July 1, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Williams struggled with the bat during Grapefruit League play, but after decimating Triple-A arms last season to the tune of a .353/.437/.608 line across 119 plate appearances, he's still seen as possessing plenty of upside. The expanded rosters that will be in place over the first four weeks of the regular season could certainly up the chances of Williams making the Opening Day cut, especially since he could serve as a source of left-handed pop.
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.
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.
Williams (hand) was activated from 10-day injured list and was optioned to Double-A Springfield on Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com 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.
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|05/15||@ SD||L 3-13||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/14||@ SD||L 4-5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/13||@ MIL||W 2-0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/11||@ MIL||W 6-1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/09||vs COL||W 2-0||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||vs COL||W 9-8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AFX-South Bend Silver Ha||3||9||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||.111||.273||.111|
|2014||AFX-South Bend Silver Ha||28||102||16||29||6||3||2||23||7||23||0||1||.284||.348||.461|
|2015||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||99||387||43||110||25||2||7||42||13||76||3||1||.284||.308||.413|
|2015||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||23||83||8||20||5||0||0||6||1||14||3||1||.241||.250||.301|