The middle of the field for the Texas Longhorns will receive a boost next season with the addition of San Jacinto College infielder/outfielder Camryn Williams, who committed to head coach David Pierce on Friday:
San Jacinto sophomore infielder Camryn Williams committed to Texas today. Strong rep as a very hard worker that can really hit from both sides of the plate, and contribute in the middle of the diamond somewhere. Hitting .341/.472/.588. #HookEm— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) May 17, 2019
A Florida native who was drafted in the 39th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners, Williams is a 6’2, 190-pounder who hit .262 in 26 games, including 14 starts, with Dallas Baptist in 2017, then appeared in seven games last season, hitting .333.
In his first collegiate plate appearance, he nearly hit a home run:
A couple things to note — he was listed as a right-handed hitter at San Jacinto, but actually hit from both sides of the plate there, and his Dallas Baptist college career must have ended due to injury because of his continued classification as a sophomore at San Jacinto.
Listed as an infielder at Dallas Baptist, Williams also played some in the outfield for San Jacinto, so he could compete for the shortstop job next season if David Hamilton doesn’t return. Or Williams could move to the outfield and allow Duke Ellis to move back to right field if he returns and fellow junior Austin Todd does not.
Williams hit eight home runs this season, stole 12 bases, and drew quite a few walks, so he would bring a nice combination of power, patience, and speed to the Texas lineup.
He’s is also a draft-eligible player again this year, so there aren’t any guarantees that he makes it to Austin, but if he does, he should provide the offense with a much-needed boost.