At 5’8”, Jett Williams was the shortest of the top prospects in the 2022 draft. The shortstop has the ability to field his position and could hold onto the role as he rises through the organization. His high school club won the state championship in Texas in 2021 and Williams was thought of as a team leader.
Reports are that when healthy, he has an above average arm at shortstop. He was a pitcher during his Freshman year which adds some credibility to arm strength. Williams has said that he likes to model his game off Houston Astros stars Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, along with Los Angeles Dodgers superstar outfielder Mookie Betts.
At 18 years of age the Mets gave Williams 32 at bats with their rookie level FCL organization. At that level he managed a .804 OPS. It should be noted his defensive numbers in his brief 8 game exposure at shortstop were less promising.
Williams is not expected to be a high contact hitter or to have his batting average above .275 for most of his career. Instead, the smaller shortstop is expected to have a power hitter’s .250 batting average. The nice thing here is that Williams is supposed to have a pretty decent ability to take a walk and should see an OBP .100 points above his batting average. This ability to get on base by drawings walks will be a huge part of his possible success.
For someone considered small by baseball standards, Williams has a decent amount of power in his bat. These power numbers will be aided by his legs which could turn singles into doubles and doubles into triples.
Williams played only 10 games for the FCL Mets and managed 6 stolen bases (with none caught stealing) in that time. The Mets organization does not have a ton of speedsters in it and Williams is instantly one of their better ones.
As mentioned in his scouting report his arm is supposed to be above average and his defense is supposed to be solid. The results in his brief minor league showing were poor (.905 fielding percentage) but eight games are few enough for anomalies to outshine ability.
I have Williams starting the year with Port St. Lucie but I could see him pushing for mid-year promotion based on his offensive potential. He will likely be the biggest name player on the St. Lucie squad to start the year.