Carson Williams

19-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Tampa Bay Rays A+
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Williams had a 32.1 K% and 62.7 Contact% in his age-18/19 season at Single-A, yet he remains relevant in all dynasty leagues because his other four tools range from above-average (run) to plus-plus (arm). He has monster right-handed power for his age and is a lock to stick at shortstop. Williams slashed .252/.347/.471 with 19 home runs and 28 steals on 38 attempts (73.7% success rate). As is often the case with players this toolsy, the hit tool will make or break things for Williams. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $2.35 million contract with the Rays in July of 2021.
Doing damage for Hot Rods
SSTampa Bay Rays  A+
June 1, 2023
Williams has a .276/.373/.504 slash line with six home runs and eight steals in 33 games for High-A Bowling Green.
Known for his plus power and plus defense at shortstop, Williams' one shortcoming is his propensity to strike out. He had a 32.1 percent strikeout rate at Single-A last year and has a 31 percent strikeout rate this season. However, the quality of his contact (33.8 Hard%, 9.2 Soft%) has been strong. Williams excels at getting the ball in the air (38.5 GB%) to the pull side (48.1 Pull%), and his defense should allow him to play regularly in the majors.
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Falls off after hot start
SSTampa Bay Rays  A+
August 2, 2022
Williams is hitting .255/.347/.489 with 13 home runs, 21 steals and 41:125 BB:K in 82 games for Single-A Charleston.
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Enticing results in Single-A
SSTampa Bay Rays  A+
May 25, 2022
Williams is hitting .323/.418/.600 with four homers, 12 steals, 1 RBI and 25 runs across 33 games for Single-A Charleston.
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Catches on with Rays at No. 28
SSTampa Bay Rays  A+
July 11, 2021
The Rays have selected Williams with the 28th overall pick in the 2021 first-year player draft.
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