Pelicans’ Williams honored as CL Player of the Week

pel-1Myrtle Beach Pelicans outfielder Nick Williams was named Carolina League Player of the Week by Minor League Baseball for the Week of July 7-13.

Williams led the eight-team circuit in batting (.458), doubled twice, hit a triple, and smacked his ninth and 10 home runs during the week. He also knocked in six runs, scored seven times, and stole a base. This is the fourth time a Pelicans player has won the award this season; Joey Gallo won the award three times in the first half.

Williams, 20, is in his first season with the Pelicans. Since his return from the disabled list on June 24 from a hamstring injury, he is second in the league in hitting at .368 and has raised his average 18 points to .323, which is now second in the league and highest among active Carolina Leaguers.

In addition to leading the league in batting over the last week, he also led the league in slugging (.875). Both home runs came on July 8 in his second two-homer game of his career. He also singled in the game and knocked in a career-high five RBI in a 13-9 loss at Winston-Salem. Williams led the league in batting during the week despite going hitless in consecutive games for only the second time this season July 10-11 against Lynchburg.

After hitting just .229 in April, Williams leads the Carolina League and is fourth in Advanced-A ball and fifth in all Class-A leagues, hitting .362 since May 1, and is now hitting .323 for the season. He is now fifth in league in RBI (56), second in slugging (.534), third in total bases (149), fourth in extra-base hits (36), and fifth in on-base percentage (.375). He’s clubbed 23 doubles, tripled three times, and also stolen four bases.

Williams is tied for the team lead in home runs (10) and only five back of the active league leader, Frederick’s Michael Burgess (15). Gallo still has the league lead with 21.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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