Dbacks Select OF Justin Williams With #52 Overall Pick

In the 2nd round of the 2013 Rule IV MLB Draft the Diamondbacks selected high school slugger Justin Williams. Williams is one of the youngest players in the draft and has plus, plus power potential. He does not have a lot of baseball experience and he needs a lot of work to tap into that power. But if he can work out the details he profiles as perhaps the top power hitter in the draft.

From Terrebonne High School in Louisiana Williams just turned 17 and is currently committed to play baseball at LSU. But it's likely he'll sign and start his pro career. Some scouts have given Williams their highest grade for power potential and he won several Home Run Derbies on last summer's showcase circuit.

He played shortstop in high school but projects to right field at best and may even have to go to first base with average running and arm tools. There are some questions about his current swing mechanics and he still needs lots of coaching to extract the talent within him. But he has plenty of time to work on things and would probably be better served getting immediate access to professional coaching.

The sky's the limit for Williams and he fits into an organizational need for corner power. But he's a long way off and is a classic high risk/high reward choice. But he has some of the necessary tools to be a big star if he can put it all together.

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