Valencia High School, CA
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 210 lbs
Although projecting Trey Williams to be the fourth pick in the 2012 draft might be a bit of a stretch, he is bigger and stronger than his dad was at the same age and probably has more raw power. Williams uses his hands very well to generate his power and his signature swing, and during the 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase he showed that strength and power. Williams got a 91 mph fastball out over the plate but up in the zone and got his hands up to the ball and crushed a line drive that carried over the right centerfield fence just to the right of the batter’s eye at City of Palms Park. The sound of the ball coming off the bat was like an explosion and it was a different type of swing and result than most 17-year olds are usually capable of producing.
“My dad has inspired me a lot, and he’s helped me do well and helped me concentrate,” Williams said. “He gives me all the confidence I need, but every once in a while he’ll get on me about something, but it’s for the better. I want to play professional baseball. That’s always been my dream.”
Williams is big, strong and quick with his hands, wrists and forearms. He and Ron Miller have the best bat speed here in Southern California this draft, and it’s not even close. It’s because of that speed that they both have the best raw power potential. Williams also showed me he knows his swing better than I gave him credit for the first few times I saw him. In his first at-bat against Max Fried, he took a well-timed, quality rip at the first pitch and fouled it straight back. That means he was on top of 94-95 velocity, even coming from a left-hander, and his timing and coordination in an actual game scenario – not a fabricated environment, I mean, a real game – are not as far apart as they have looked to me at places like Aflac and the Compton showcase.
Williams’ has been a high-profile prospect for years, and his father Eddie was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1983 and played in the big leagues for 10 years. Scouts began to sour on Williams this spring, however, frequently questioning his lack of energy and intensity. His pitch recognition needs improvement, leading to inconsistent contact (especially against breaking balls) and causing scouts to wonder if he’ll be able to unlock his big raw power. He does have plus righthanded power potential, thanks to his natural bat speed and quick-twitch athleticism. Williams will have to move from shortstop to third base in pro ball, but his hands and feet work well enough to give him a chance to be a solid defender with a slightly above-average arm at the hot corner. He has shown the ability to handle slow rollers and throw from various angles. He’s a below-average runner, and his speed sometimes plays down. Still, his upside and bloodlines make him likely to be drafted in the top three rounds.