How about that Luke Williams? Now in his fourth season in the the Phillies system, he was almost a forgotten man with the Clearwater Threshers this season. He hit only .145 in April and .200 in May. It looked like Luke’s Phillies career might be over before it ever began.
Luke had other ideas. In his last ten games he is hitting an amazing .447 going 17 for 38 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. This, from someone who is a career .230 minor league hitter.
Now, Williams is not only hitting for “average” and “power” but he is “clutch” as well. With a 4-2 to lead going into the bottom of the eight inning, it looked like the Threshers had a win in the bag to start the second half of the Florida State League season. For good measure Luke added a two-out triple in the bottom of the eight to drive in Henri Latigue for a fifth run. It turned out to be the winning run as things turned out! Watch Williams triple HERE.
We, fans in the stands, breathed a sigh of relief going into the top of the ninth because the Threshers had just picked up the top reliever in the Sally League, All Star Addison Russ, to close down the Dunedin Blue Jays. But it did not happen as it was drawn up.
Russ just did not have it. After a walk to open the ninth he gave up a two-run homer to make the score 5-4. Then, he promptly loaded the bases with two outs. That was enough for Threshers Manager Shawm Williams. He had no choice but to bring in Aaron Brown out of the pen for a lefty to lefty match up to get the final out in the game.
Brown’s save allowed starter Connor Seabold to even his record to 4-4 and lower his ERA to 3.77. Seabold was brilliant in retiring the first 15 Blue Jays batters he faced. He tired in the sixth and gave up couple of runs but the Threshers went back ahead 4-2 going into the bottom of the eighth.
No one except Luke Williams thought Clearwater would need a tack on run in the bottom of the eight inning to win the game. But one of the hottest hitter in minor league baseball over the last ten games had other ideas. His clutch triple, driving in what turned out to be the winning run, was just icing on the cake for someone who has been as productive as Luke has been.
Luke Williams is my front runner for the Phillies Position Player of the Month for June.