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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Fred Williams got back to basics and improved hitting at AA; Saw nine pro seasons, missed bigs

Fred Williams had a bad road trip for AA El Paso in May 1988, The El Paso Times wrote.

But a chance to play every day helped his hitting come around, Williams told The Times then.

"Since coming home I've really started to get back to the basics and now I'm swinging the bat pretty well," Williams told The Times.

Williams used those basics to see two more seasons. He played in nine in all. He topped out at AA.

Williams' career began in 1982, taken by the Brewers in the 18th round of the draft out of the College of Lake County in Illinois.

Williams started with the Brewers at rookie Pikeville. He saw six games that year and then returned for 9 more at rookie Paintsville in 1983. He hit .266, with four home runs.

He moved to single-A Beloit for 1984, then saw Beloit and single-A Stockton in 1985. He then saw Stockton again for 1986 and 1987. He hit .288 in 1986, then .233 in 1987. He singled and scored in an August 1987 contest.

Then, in 1988, he made AA at El Paso. He was hitting .361 in mid-May and hit a game-winning 10th-inning single late that month. He hit .263 overall on the year, with seven home runs

Williams moved to the Expos system and AA Jacksonville for 1989. He got into 43 games and hit .159. He then returned for one final season in 1990, at high-A West Palm Beach. He hit .232 over 82 games to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,562
Made the Majors:1,235-34.7%
Never Made Majors:2,327-65.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:513
10+ Seasons in the Minors:305

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