Cincinnati Reds: Four players who should be promoted to the active roster

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Nick Williams #5 heads for third. Williams is the most recent addition to the Cincinnati Reds.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 20: Nick Williams #5 heads for third. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

1. Nick Williams is the Reds newest acquisition.

Who is Nick Williams? Well, maybe it’s time for Reds Country to find out. Cincinnati claimed Williams off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies late last week and the former second-round pick has been at Prasco Park since joining the team.

The 26-year-old Williams was once one of the top prospects in the Phillies organization. Selected with the 93rd pick in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, the former Texas high school star was part of the blockbuster trade in July of 2015 that sent Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Lone Star State.

Williams made his major league debut in 2017, and much like Reds prospects Tyler Stephenson, his first hit was a round-tripper. The hit tool has always been there, and Williams possesses average power from the left side. The concern with Williams has oftentimes been his defense. In three big league seasons, Williams has amassed -28 defensive runs saved (DRS).

Now, the one disadvantage that the Reds would face should they call up Nick Williams, is that they’ll use his last remaining minor-league option. That seems a bit risky when there are other outfielders currently at Prasco Park who could offer a similar profile to Williams. While a lot of fans would like to see what Williams can bring to the table, it may behoove the team to be patient.