Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 Topps Pro Debut #182 Nick Williams

Mets 2, Phillies 1
Game 78 - Friday Night, June 30th in Flushing
Record - 26-52, 5th place, 20 games behind the Nationals

Overdue and Unnecessary Post-Vacation Catch-Up, Part 4

One Sentence Summary:  Nick Williams made his Phillies debut, but Jacob deGrom ruined the party as the Mets prevailed, 2-1.

What It Means:  Despite the excitement surrounding Williams' arrival, the Phillies dropped the series opener to the Mets.  With many veterans expected to be dealt in the coming weeks, Williams could be the first of many top prospects to make their way onto the Phillies roster.

What Happened:  deGrom struck out 12 over seven innings of work, and allowed just three hits.  A Ty Kelly RBI single accounted for the sole Phillies run.

Featured Card/Phillies Debut:  2017 baseball cards for Williams can be found within the IronPigs' team set (just released), the Reading Top 30 Prospects set and the Topps Pro Debut set.  Williams became the ninth player to make his major league debut for the Phillies this season, and the 17th new Phillies player overall.

17.  Nick Williams (lf) - Started in left and batted sixth.  Struck out (called) against deGrom in the second, lined out to center in the fifth, singled to center off deGrom in the seventh and was on-deck when Maikel Franco grounded out to end the game.

Transaction:  Williams' promotion was necessitated by Howie Kendrick going back on the disabled list with his bad left hamstring.

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