OUTFIELDER LED LEAGUE IN HITTING DURING THE WEEK
MYRTLE BEACH, SC JULY 14, 2014 – Minor League Baseball announced the Players and Pitchers of the Week for the Week of July 7-13, and Myrtle Beach Pelicans outfielder Nick Williams was named Carolina League Player of the Week. Williams led the eight-team circuit in batting (.458), doubled twice, hit a triple, and smacked his ninth and ten 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.
The Galveston, Texas native was taken out of Ball High School in the second round by the Rangers in 2012 and is in his third professional season.
Williams and the Pelicans wrap up their homestand on Monday night against the Lynchburg Hillcats at 7:05 p.m. at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
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About the Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their home games at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park was named the best in the Carolina League by Baseball America in 2009 and the overall experience ranked third in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in 2013. The Pelicans earned co-Mills Cup championship honors in their inaugural 1999 season, won the outright title in 2000, and has garnered seven half-season Southern Division titles, most recently in the first half of 2013. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact Nathan Barnett by calling (843) 918-6080 or emailing NBarnett@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.