Can the Padres sign Everett Williams?

Having run the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds during one workout in front of scouts, Everett Williams is free to compare himself to some of the top speed prospects in the game – and he does in an exclusive interview with MadFriars.com. But is he signable? Williams has his own opinion.

Add in burgeoning power in his 5-foot-10, 200-pound frame, and a healthy combination of speed and power is more comparable.

"I guess you could say B.J. Upton – no, Carl Crawford," Everett Williams ammended. "He has great speed, can hit for power and plays a great outfield."

Crawford hit .295 in the minors but notched just 17 homers. It wasn't until his second year in Tampa that the talented outfielder hit double-digit homers. Crawford was, however, a severe threat to steal bases – snaring 134 bags in 412 minor league games and averaging over 50 in the majors.

Upton, incidentally, hit 50 bombs in the minors with a career .296 average. He also swiped 150 bases. He doesn't have a huge major league career to draw upon for comparison yet, but the early returns have been promising.

"It feels pretty good to be selected," Williams said.

Was the 18-year-old happy with where he was selected, since most publications had him going in between 17-25 in the first round. And will that have an impact on his signing?

"Not really, I was hoping to go higher," Williams admitted. "It will all work out in the end. At this time, I don't know. We just have to work things out."

The reported asking price is may exceed $1 million and if it goes unmet he may just go to play ball at Texas.

In high school, the left-handed hitter flashed a plethora of tools – making those lofty comparisons seem not that far off.

"I can hit for average, I can also hit for power, I am real quick," Williams began. "I can cover a lot of ground in the outfield.

"My best asset is my speed. My ability to track down balls in the outfield. It translates to the base paths as well."

An 18-year-old out of McCallum High School in Austin, Texas, he hit .462 with six home runs, 34 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 2009.

During the past off-season, Williams put on 10 pounds of lean muscle in an effort to get stronger. His eventual hope is it leads to more natural power – something that scouts already are raving about.

"I was in the weight room every day working out," he said.

One thing he feared the added muscle would do was make him look for home runs. It brought out a flaw in his game – one he is cognizant of.

"I need to remind myself to stay short to the ball," Williams said. "That is the only thing I really worry about. Every now and then, I get slow and long and need to work on that.

A 2008 Aflac All-America where he went 0-for-3 out of the leadoff spot while batting leadoff at Dodger Stadium. That is not an indication of how his career has gone.

Williams tallied 36 home runs, 173 RBI and 73 stolen bases over his high school career, hitting over .400 each season.

Playing for a team that wasn't very good in 2009, scouts believe he began to press and swing at pitches outside of his zone – something he didn't do as often in the past.

"Some scouts think I don't but I do have patience," Williams said. "They see me putting pressure on myself but I am not really trying to."

Whether Williams signs with the Padres may come down to the August 17 deadline. If they are able to consummate a deal, it could be a huge windfall for the system – bringing a rare combination of tremendous power ability with raw speed.

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