Wilson Defensive Player of the Day
Nick Williams, Ball (Galveston, Texas), 2012, Texas
It's hard to have a better game than 6-foot-3, 195-pound Nick Williams had in the Rangers' 7-4 victory on Day 3 over the Oakland Athletics.
Williams showed prowess in the field and at the plate, but it was one spectacular catch and another ball he snared on the very next play that earned the pride of Galveston the Wilson Defensive Player of the Day award.
On a line drive headed for the gap in left-centerfield, the gazelle-like left-fielder got a great jump on the ball and dove just in front of centerfielder Leon Byrd, Jr. to take the liner just before he landed stretched out on the early morning fog-soaked turf of Blair Field.
Then, he robbed the next batter of a base hit by streaking in towards shortstop to take a sinking liner at his shoestrings.
"I try to get a good jump so I can get to the ball really quick," said Williams, who is uncommitted but is on the Texas and LSU radar screens.
The fact that Williams dove directly into the path of a hard-charging Byrd brought gasps from those who witnessed a collision between Rangers' star shortstop prospect C.J. Hinojosa of Klein Springs (Spring, Texas) and his Klein Springs teammate and Rangers' third baseman Austin Dean, as both went for a sinking flare in an earlier Area Code game.
"You've got to put it all on the field," Byrd remarked. "I saw him and I knew where I was diving I wouldn't hit him."
"It's always good to get a little recognition. It helps a lot," Williams told ESPNHS. "Now, I'd like to show a little bit more pop in my swing."
He may not feel he has shown pop, but at the plate Williams was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.