Williams turned down enticing offer before becoming a Blue Jay

 Christian Williams takes fielding practice at first base. Photo: Kyle Forster

Christian Williams takes fielding practice at first base. Photo: Kyle Forster

By: Kyle Forster

Toronto Observer

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Toronto Blue Jays prospect Christian Williams relished the thought of playing in the big leagues one day, but he knew he wasn’t ready.

Williams played for the club’s rookie league affiliate last season where he hit for a .220 average, with two home runs, 29 RBI, and three triples. He also led the team in RBIs, triples, strikeouts and in total games played with 60 in his first minor-league season.

The Miami Marlins drafted Williams in the 28th round of the 2014 draft just off his sophomore year at Florida Gulf Coast University. This was a dream for the Vero Beach, Florida, native.

“I worked for 18 years to finally get to that point,” the first baseman said. “To hear your name called on draft day, it was definitely a special moment.”

This was just the first step in his career, but he knew there was more work to be done before pulling the trigger on signing a contract.

“I didn't think I was ready, I thought I could use at least one more year in college,” Williams said.  “Hopefully develop my game a little bit more so I could improve my draft spot and maybe get a better opportunity with more experience under my belt.”

Growing up in Vero and having family close by made denying the Marlins contract tough.

“It would have been cool because spring training for the Marlins is about 45 minutes from my house,” he said. “However I couldn't make a decision based on that if I didn't feel like I was ready to start my career.”

Williams’s goal of returning to college worked out exactly how he wanted. The FGCU alum was drafted in the 16th round of the 2015 draft by the Jays, a full 345 draft spots higher than 2014.

Toronto’s playoff success in 2015 season has Williams excited and proud to be a member of the Blue Jays family.

“After last year's team success, it makes me very proud,” the 21 year-old said. “That was pretty special to be able to watch them last year.”