The Phillies’ newest star, Luke Williams, has paid the price and finally has been given an opportunity to show what he can do at the highest level of his profession. His walk-off home run in his first start in the major leagues last night was an opportunity he earned the hard way. It was done through perseverance and hard work.
Williams has toiled for seven years in the Phillies’ farm system never being given a chance to make the major league roster-until last night. We wrote a blog about Luke and Alec Bohm when both of them were playing for Reading back in 2019. He out-performed Bohm at the time but was never placed on the Phillies 40-man roster until two days ago.
It was exciting for us sitting behind home plate last night watching a Clearwater Threshers game, while following what was happening up in Citizens Bank Park. It is what makes following minor league baseball rewarding-when we see someone we have followed from the beginning doing something special at the highest level of baseball.
We try to give the benefit of the doubt to young players who only needed a chance to show what they can do. Luke Williams was one of them. We stayed up late or early what ever the case was to watch him play back in January when he and several other Phillies prospects were playing for the Adelaide Giants in the Australian Baseball League.
Then, it was on to the Phillies major league camp in spring training, the trip to AAA for the first time in Allentown, the Olympics qualifier in South Florida. Finally, to the Show in Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. It has not been an easy road for Williams in the last six months, let alone the prior six years in the Phillies organization.
The following blogs were posted during Luke’s time with Team USA:
All of the hard work that Luke Williams has put in over the years, it all paid off last night:
In his post-game interview, pitcher Zach Eflin referred to the Team USA member as “Captain America”. Baseball Betsy took the idea and made it a reality.
It is a great thing to see him get the chance to show what he can do, do it and then get the recognition he deserves. He was even the “Dan Patrick Show Play of the Day” this morning. Welcome to the Show, Luke, welcome to the Show.