Alika was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 37th overall pick of the 2020 MLB Draft. And immediately Kiley McDaniel labeled him as a glove-first shortstop. While there’s no doubt about his glove, Williams wants people to know his bat shouldn’t be overlooked.
At Arizona State University, Alika Williams had a career .300 average in 129 NCAA games. During those games his bat produced a staggering .333/.429/.474. He also delivered 4 HR, 12 2B, 9 SB and 53 RBI’s in only 212 trips to the plate.
He’s exactly the kind of player that the Rays look for: well rounded and walks more often than he strikes out. Williams was recently interviewed by Karen Loftus, News Channel 8.
“I take pride in my defense for sure but I think I just want to be known as an all-around really good player.” He added about his bat, ” I hear a lot of people talk about my defense and how I’m a ‘glove-first guy,’ but I really enjoy hitting baseballs and squaring baseballs up so it’s something that I take pride in as well.”
Alike was previously selected by the New York Yankees in the 32nd round of the 2017 MLB draft out of Rancho Bernardo HS.
In his 2019 season with ASU he finished 3rd with 53 RBI, 2nd with three triples, and 2nd in steals with nine. This is a team that included some elite talent, like 2020’s number one draft pick Spencer Torkelson and 2019’s10th overall pick Hunter Bishop.