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Meet Right-Fielder Miles Williams

by Katie Baughman

Despite enduring multiple season-ending injuries throughout his career, right-fielder Miles Williams is healthy and thriving in his new home with the Pacfiics. Starting in all but two games this season, the 25-year-old has overcome debilitating foot and wrist injuries and recorded 52 hits, seven home runs, 32 RBIs, and a team-leading 13 doubles. 

Born just north of Dallas in Flower Mound, Texas, Williams grew up playing sports.

“Sports in general are huge in Texas,” said Williams. “It’s all football, baseball, and basketball.”

Miles Williams getting ready to play ball at age 4.

An only child from a family of competitive runners, Williams’ athleticism translated onto both the baseball and football fields. At 15, he and his parents, Marilyn and Walter, moved to Windsor, California where he starred as both a shortstop and a wide receiver at Windsor High School.

Williams attracted attention from college baseball and football scouts, along with seven Major League Baseball organizations. He was both selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 42nd round of the 2010 MLB 1st Year Player Draft and received offers to play college football.

But Williams earned a Communications degree and played right field at the competitive Division-I Cal State Northridge (CSUN) in the San Fernando Valley.

“I chose baseball over football for the longevity,” said Williams. “Sure, I was good at football, but the wear and tear on football players’ bodies is a lot.”

At CSUN, Williams played against several Big West teams.

“They had a lot of good pitching; great players come out of there. I got to play against some of the best teams in the country,” said Williams.

Though he came in as a shortstop, Williams seamlessly made the transition to right field at the start of his college career.

Williams’ junior season at CSUN was cut in half when he broke his foot jumping to catch a ball in right field. Despite the injury, the Miami Marlins drafted Williams in 2013.

“They took a chance on me,” said Williams. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to play professional baseball.”

Williams with the Miami Marlins, 2013.

After finishing his junior year, Williams played with the Marlins in the Gulf Coast League (GCL) in 2013. A year later, he was sent to the Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn (NYP) League. After hurting his wrist jumping up to catch a ball at the wall, the Muckdogs placed Williams on the 60-day disabled list in August 2014.

It took Williams over a year to fully heal: after only playing one game in late June of the 2015 season, the Muckdogs placed Williams back on the DL the rest of the season.

Still recovering from the broken wrist, Williams started his 2016 season with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers in the Shore Line League, and finished with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic Association.

Williams seemed to find his place with the Pacifics in 2017.

“I was supposed to go play with the American Association, but the team had a lot of other people, so their manager got in touch with Kavanaugh to play with San Rafael.”

The rest is history: Williams has held down right-field and hit in the middle of the order all season long.

Williams rounding the bases for the Pacifics, 2017.

 

After baseball, Williams plans to pursue careers in acting and modeling.

“I’ve turned down some opportunities because of baseball” he confessed. “I’ve dabbled in it a lot, and performed in just about every play when I was at Windsor.”

But for now, the camera must wait. With a clean bill of health for the first time in years, Williams is putting his acting and modeling careers are on hold and making the most of his baseball days.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Williams says of his sports career. “Every injury only made me stronger, and led me here to San Rafael. The Pacifics is a great organization, and I’m proud to represent it on and off the field.”

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