San Francisco Giants 2016 Season Grades: Outfielders
Williamson had been the highly touted prospect early in his time with the Giants. He then had to undergo tommy john surgery and got back on track. This year, he saw extended time in the Majors and did pretty well as a fielder. He filled in at right field for Hunter Pence and started off a little slow, then got into the swing of it out there.
Right field at AT&T Park is easily the most difficult outfield position to play in baseball. Tack on the wind, to the multiple potential bounces you can get off the archways out there, plus the range into the right center corner at 421 feet, it takes a lot of skill to play out there.
As for his bat, his bat took a while to come around. Sean Bialaszek of Golden Gate Sports, put out an article on the Giants 10 Hardest hit balls of the season, and Williamson had five out of the ten, including one honorable mention for the hardest hit HR of the year. Once those balls stop getting caught, Williamson will see his average climb. For not expecting a whole lot from him at the start, this was a good season for him.