Impressed with instincts, Phils pick Williams

Impressed with instincts, Phils pick Williams

Impressed with instincts, Phils pick Williams

Trey Williams' father, Eddie, played 10 seasons in the Majors from 1986-98. Williams' baseball instincts, as is often the case with the sons of former players, have been honed particularly well, and they paid off with a pick at No. 211.

The freshman out of College of the Canyons Community College had a chance to follow his father's footsteps immediately after high school. As a senior at Valencia High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., he was named to the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports All-State First Team after finishing his season with a .378 batting average and .541 on-base percentage. He was projected as a first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, but he fell to the Cardinals' 11th-round pick and ultimately didn't sign.

Instead, he stayed close to home for a year of college, decommitting from Pepperdine University to maintain eligibility for this year's Draft. Had he accepted his scholarship to Pepperdine, Williams wouldn't have been eligible until 2015. In 35 games for Canyons this season, he hit .324 with six home runs and 26 RBIs.

He's big and strong and has shown a solid approach at the plate, one that should allow him to hit for some average and plenty of power. He has a very strong arm and good enough hands to stay at the hot corner.

Paul Hagen is a reporter or MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.