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.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper advanced to the second round of the 2018 Home Run Derby, swatting 13 home runs to best the 12 hit by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Harper was a No. 2 seed to Freeman’s No. 7, so the outcome isn’t a surprise. The hometown crowd in Washington, D.C. were certainly pleased that their star has advanced.
Harper would have had 30 seconds of bonus time since he hit two home runs that went 440 feet or total, but he got to 13 with time to spare in regulation. Harper maxed out at 467 feet in distance and 113 MPH in exit velocity. When interviewed on the field after his performance, Harper said, out of breath, “I’m tired!”
The second round is set. Rhys Hoskins (17 homers) will oppose Kyle Schwarber (16). Harper (13) will take on Max Muncy (17).