Opinion

Nick Williams belongs: he should stay

This week the Phillies finally called up one their best prospects in the system. Seeing Cameron Perkins, Hoby Milner and even Brock Stassi make the team is fantastic, but in all likelihood they aren’t in the Phillies’ future plans. Nick Williams, however, figures to be in those plans for the big club.

It’s no easy task when your first big league at-bat is against Jacob deGrom, but after striking out looking in his first plate appearance, Williams figured out the Mets starter with a line out and, his first major league knock, a liner up the middle.

Williams reached base three times in his second game by way of a hit batsman, walk and another single. Williams’ walk was a tough eight pitch at-bat off Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler that helped lead to two-run fourth inning on Saturday. On Sunday, the left-hander posted his first career muti-hit game, with one of his singles leaving his bat at 108.7 MPH. We also saw the outfielder’s wheels when he scored from first base without a throw on a Maikel Franco double to left center. And finally on Monday, Williams stroked a liner to left-center, then turned on the speed for a well-earned double.

At the time of his call-up, MLB.com Phillies reporter Todd Zolecki said that the promotion could be short-lived, though a strong first few games would help.

Well, Williams is making his case to be here for the rest of the season, even just four games in. There’s a certain swagger about the 23-year-old. He looks completely comfortable, even against the best. It would be doing Williams, the team and the entire city a disservice if the outfielder is sent back down.

No one is saying Williams isn’t going to struggle – that part in inevitable. But Williams looks and plays the part. He belongs here, and he knows it.

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