The Cincinnati Reds made a roster move this afternoon, picking up outfielder Nick Williams from the Philadelphia Phillies. Williams was designated for assignment and the Reds put in a claim on the now 26-year-old outfielder. He has been assigned to the alternate roster at Prasco Park.
After two solid seasons with the Phillies in 2017 and 2018 where he hit .269/.330/.446 (105 OPS+), 2019 was a disaster at the big league level for Nick Williams. He went the entire first month of the season without getting a start, going 3-22 as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement in 22 games. He then got a a handful of starts over the next two weeks before returning to the role of bench player. Things never really picked up for him last year as he went on to hit .151/.196/.245 in 67 games with four walks and 43 strikeouts in 112 plate appearances.
The left-handed hitter did spend some time in Triple-A with Lehigh Valley, playing in 48 games and hitting .316/.381/.574 with 27 extra-base hits in 48 games played. The time spent in Triple-A was much better than the time in the Major Leagues, as his walk and strikeout rates matched his previous big league time, while he saw a lot more power output along the way. In 2019 a strikeout rate of 38.4% just wasn’t going to get any sort of offense done. You can see his career stats here.
Here’s the updated roster for the Prasco Park alternate site:
|R.J Alaniz||RHP||Mark Kolozsvary||C|
|Jesse Biddle||LHP||Francisco Peña||C|
|David Carpenter||RHP||Tyler Stephenson||C|
|José De León||RHP||Alex Blandino||INF|
|Brandon Finnegan||LHP||Jose Garcia||INF|
|Hunter Greene||RHP||Robel García||INF|
|Ryan Hendrix||RHP||Rece Hinds||INF|
|Joel Kuhnel||RHP||Jonathan India||INF|
|Nick Lodolo||LHP||Alfredo Rodriguez||INF|
|Alex Powers||RHP||Aristides Aquino||OF|
|Sal Romano||RHP||Stuart Fairchild||OF|
|Tony Santillan||RHP||TJ Friedl||OF|