It always rains in Lakeland. I guess that’s why the town is named Lakeland. Luke Williams, who is having a breakout season, lost a home run because of the weather conditions there yesterday. The weather forced a cancellation Sunday of the Clearwater vs. Lakeland game with the Threshers leading 5-0 in the bottom of the third.
Minor league baseball only plays postponed games and continues them before a future scheduled game. The Threshers do not play Lakeland again this season.
For Williams it would have been his tenth home run of the season. Coming into the season he had hit only three home runs in his prior three-year minor league career.
In a typical head scratching move, Luke did not play in Saturday’s 4-2 Threshers rain- delayed loss which was completed Sunday before the regularly scheduled game. He had hit two key doubles in the Thresher 6-4 win over the Flying Tigers on Friday night. In Sunday’s abbreviated three-inning cancelled game, he went 2 for 2 with what should have been his tenth long ball of the season.
Williams is having a great season. After a slow start to the season, the third round draft pick from the 2015 draft had a slash line of .333/.351/.622 in June. He has cooled off a bit in July hitting .256 with three, sorry I meant to say, two official home runs.
If Luke can average nine homers every two months as he has done in June and July, that’s a 27 homer season at the 162 game MLB level. He would alway find a spot everyday somewhere in my lineup!
Normally a third baseman, the Phillies brain trust has moved Luke all over the field this season. He has started games at first, second and third bases in addition to games in center and left fields. He has thrived at the bat even with the constant position changes.
Williams turns 22-years-old on August 9th. He has put himself on the major league prospect map this season. He has overcome anything and everything the Phillies minor league department and the weather have thrown at him and thrived this season.