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20 UNDER 20: Max Williams
For any rookie pitcher in B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League, compiling a 10-1 record in your first season would be impressive enough.
Tsawwassen’s Max Williams, a six-foot-two 11th-grader at South Delta Secondary School, did it with a batting average of .276 while hitting third in the batting order.
A member of the North Shore Junior Twins, Williams pitched a complete game in a must-win qualifying game at provincials last month. Williams only allowed five hits, one walk, and struck out four batters as North Shore won 8-1 and went on to win their first provincial championship.
Over the course of the tournament, Williams also notched a pair of singles and a double, proving to be a threat on both sides of the ball.
While it might be a bit early for Carlos Zambrano comparisons, one thing’s for certain: Williams is a competitor.
“There’s one player I really try to be like,” he says. “If I see something working for a pitcher, I’ll try it out and see if it works for me.”
With the baseball season over, Williams is focussing his efforts on the Twins’ fall ball program as he prepares to make the jump up to the PBL ranks.
This spring Williams will be taking part in NCAA and MLB scouting tournaments where he hopes to attract some attention.
“It will be interesting to meet different people and play ball at such a high level,” he says.