The Phillies have announced that they are calling up outfield prospect Nick Williams from Lehigh Valley.
Williams, who came to Philly from Texas in the Cole Hamels deal, is one of the top prospects in the organization. He’s hitting .280/.328/.511 with 15 homers, 44 RBI and five stolen bases in Triple-A. He has also been benched twice after failing to run out fly balls, but the Phillies are wisely favoring talent over a perceived lack of hustle.
At the moment he’s on the roster due to an injury to Howie Kendrick. If he hits, however, he’ll likely get to stay past Kendrick’s return date.
The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.
This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.
Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.