New York Yankees Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer, selected shortstop Alika Williams out of Rancho Bernardo high school, With the 962nd overall draft pick (32nd rd)
Rancho Bernardo has had a long history of producing major-league talent. This year had two top-prosects, Calvin Mitchell, and Alika Williams. Mitchell came into the year as one of the best prep prospects in nations, so scouts were mainly drawn to him. However, William took advantage of this exposure, and showed himself to be one of the best prep infielders in this draft.
Williams is considered to be a glove-first type prospect at the moment, and shows the athleticism and instincts necessary to eventually grade as a plus defender at the position.
He hit .374 over his high school career, and had a .459 OBP, but scouts believe he still has a a lot of work to do on offense. As of now he is considered a glove-first defender at short.
Williams is committed to Arizona State, and considering how far he fell in the draft, it might be in his best interest to go to college, and prove he could learn to hit, because he does he could very-well be a first round pick in a few years, and really if he doesn’t guys like Kyle Holder and Deven Marrero were first rounders, so he’d just need to develop in the the plus defender scouts project him to become.
If his school sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same school that the Yankees took Drew Finley and Gosuke Kotah from.