In the midst of the thousands of tweets about this week’s MLB Draft, one stood out for its poignancy.
“There’s no pain that amounts to the pain you feel when someone else’s name is called in the spot a team tells you they’re going to pick you,” tweeted Christian Williams, on the second day of the draft.
While many players mostly keep things light on social media as the draft unfolds, Williams spoke genuinely from his heart, unafraid to share the feelings of anxiety and hurt that can arise. Baseball is a business, and the draft, with all it’s emotional highs, is filled with harsh realities.
Williams eventually heard his name in the 16th round, when the Blue Jays selected the Gulf Coast League Community College alum. He’s committed to North Carolina State.
There was a lot of action around him leading up to draft day, but there seemed to be a lack of clarity.
“Leading up to it there was seven or eight teams that were serious about taking me. The morning of the second day of the draft the Twins told me that they were going to take me in the 5th round, but once it got there they ended up drafting someone else, “ said Williams.
The tweet about not hearing his name was from pure, raw uncertainty. And not just about which team would actually draft him.
“I tweeted that because I was told I was going to be a 5th round pick. I started worrying a lot after my name didn't get called. I wasn't sure I was going to be drafted.”
The Vero Beach native finally laid that worry to rest, and left what should be his final college season behind.
“I'm leaning more toward signing,” he confirmed.
In 37 games for GCL CC, the third baseman hit .398 with 32 RBI, 3 HR, and 26 runs scored.
When reflecting on that season, he observed how he’d grown as a player that put him in a good position heading into the draft.
“Kind of getting to know what the pitchers throw in certain situations; also, just attacking mistakes when they made them. I think just maturing as a hitter.”
You can follow Christian on Twitter @Chris_w10