SS/OF J.D. Williams 17th Round (505th Overall)- Cincinnati Reds [Signed]

With the 10th pick of the 17th round (505th overall) the Cincinnati Reds have selected high school shortstop J.D. Williams.

Williams has come to terms with the Reds.

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario

Teams: Ontario Blue Jays, Canadian Junior National Team

Coaches: Dan Bleiwas, Sean Travers, Greg Hamilton.

College Commitment: State College of Florida

Rated: 400th on Baseball America's top 500 list, eighth among Canadian high school players.

Scouting Reports:

Baseball America

In a banner year for Canadians, Williams represents the high-ceiling nature of the country’s prospects this year. He lacks plus tools but has the potential to develop into a solid all-around player.

He is an average to slightly above-average runner and shows a 50 arm in both the infield and the outfield. He doesn’t quite have the offensive track record of some of his fellow Canadians, but he has made strides at the plate.

A righthanded hitter, Williams has the potential for average bat speed, with a smooth downhill swing plane geared for line drives. His lower half can get disconnected at times, and his timing will need to improve at the next level.

Williams has some power to his pull side, but it is a below-average tool for him. He is committed to the State College of Florida, though scouts believe he may be signable after the top 10 rounds.