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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Cary Williams worked for big year, saw six seasons, made AAA

Cary Williams 1990 Clearwater Phillies card

Cary Williams had hoped he could stay with the big club, but as spring 1993 drew to a close, the Phillies needed the spot and Williams was the one to go, The Scranton Tribune wrote.

"I was disappointed about it but understood things like this happen," Williams told The Tribune. "The only way they don't is if you go out and have a big year."

Sent to AAA Scranton to start the season, Williams never saw Philadelphia that year or any year. In six total pro campaigns, Williams topped out at AAA.

Williams' career began in 1989, taken by the Phillies in the 10th round of the draft out of the University of Alabama.

Williams started with the Phillies at single-A Clearwater. He saw 52 games there and one at AA Reading. He hit .267.

He split time between the two teams in 1990, hitting .255 between then. He played all of 1991 at Reading, then made AAA Scranton for 1992. He hit .223 at Scranton that first year, with seven home runs. 

Williams returned to Scranton for 1993. That May, his defense was credited with keying a win, The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader wrote

"I think the catch by Cary Williams was the biggest play of the game," his pitcher Mike Williams told The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. "If he doesn't make that catch, it could have been first and third, no outs, and they probably would have gotten a run or two."

Cary Williams hit .216 over 78 games that year. He then saw four games at Scranton in 1994 and 48 more at Reading. He then went to independent Brainerd, where he got into 16 final games to end his career.

He has since turned to coaching. In 2005, he was in his eighth season coaching at schools in his hometown in Alabama.

Cary Williams 1990 Clearwater Phillies card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,765
Made the Majors:1,274-33.8%
Never Made Majors:2,491-66.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:524
10+ Seasons in the Minors:313

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