|Hometown:||Garden Grove, Calif.|
|Other College:||Golden West College|
Catcher and infielder who was one of the team’s most versatile players in 2016 and became the starting catcher in 2017; did not start at catcher late in the season due to his second injury of 2017 ... a career .253 hitter with a .492 slugging percentage and .332 on-base percentage in 106 games (94 starts) over two seasons ... has 19 doubles, a triple, 22 homers, 89 RBIs, 63 runs, 32 walks, 16 hit-by-pitches and four steals ... preseason second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball ... No. 6 senior in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game ... one of the top-75 seniors in the nation in the preseason by D1Baseball ... No. 20 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft in the preseason by Baseball America ... No. 24 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball ... No. 29 ACC prospect for the 2018 draft in the preseason by Perfect Game.
2017: Drafted in the 31st round (No. 919 overall pick) by the Tampa Bay Rays ... Johnny Bench Award Watch List member ... won the Dedication Award for outstanding work in the strength training room ... hit .261 with 29 runs, 14 doubles, 14 homers, 51 RBIs, a .572 slugging percentage, .320 on-base percentage, 14 walks, four hit-by-pitches and two steals in 49 games (42 starts, including 36 at catcher and six as the DH) ... tied for 10th in the ACC in homers ... led the team in multiple-RBI games (16) and two-out RBIs (21) ... only allowed 11 steals in 22 attempts ... had 13 multiple-hit games ... Clemson had a 28-8 record when he started at catcher ... suffered a broken wrist on Feb. 12 and missed the first seven games; missed 14 games (and 21 starts) in all due to injury ... named ACC Player-of-the-Week on March 20 for his five games from March 14-19; was 8-for-21 (.421) with two doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs ... had a 13-game hitting streak from March to April ... went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give Clemson the lead for good against Yale on March 14 ... went 2-for-4 with a homer, double, four RBIs and a walk against Yale on March 15; his two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning scored the go-ahead runs ... went 1-for-2 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk against No. 11 Virginia on March 18 ... hit two homers at College of Charleston on March 21 ... went 2-for-6 with a homer and two RBIs against Winthrop on March 29 ... went 2-for-6 with a double and four RBIs at Georgia Tech on March 31 ... went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run at Georgia Tech on April 1 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs at Georgia Tech on April 2 ... hit a two-run homer and had a hit-by-pitch at Georgia on April 4 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer at Florida State on April 17 ... went 2-for-3 with homer, double, three RBIs, three runs, a hit-by-pitch and steal against Georgia on April 19 ... had two RBIs and a walkoff walk with two outs in the ninth inning against No. 17 Wake Forest on April 21 ... hit a homer at No. 3 North Carolina on April 28 ... hit a two-run homer at No. 3 North Carolina on April 30 ... went 3-for-3 with a homer, double, two RBIs and two runs against Nevada on May 6 ... hit a three-run homer at NC State on May 20 ... No. 157 college prospect for the 2017 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball ... No. 26 catcher in the nation in the preseason by D1Baseball ... No. 34 ACC prospect for the 2017 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball.
2016: Hit .245 with 34 runs, five doubles, one triple, eight homers, 38 RBIs, a .342 on-base percentage, 18 walks, 12 hit-by-pitches and two steals in 57 games (52 starts, including 39 at first base and 13 at third base) ... tied for ninth in Tiger history in hit-by-pitches ... had 15 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI games ... hit .322 with four homers and 13 RBIs after the sixth inning ... had five homers and 19 RBIs in the last 15 games ... Clemson Regional All-Tournament selection after going 6-for-15 with one homer, six RBIs, four runs and three walks in four games ... went 3-for-4 with an RBI, three runs and two hit-by-pitches against Maine on Feb. 21 ... went 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and game-tying, run-scoring single in the ninth inning against No. 22 Boston College on March 20 ... went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his first as a Tiger, double, walk and steal at No. 4 Miami (Fla.) on March 26 ... went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, four runs and a hit-by-pitch at Western Carolina on March 30 ... went 2-for-4 with a game-tying, two-run single in the sixth inning against Pittsburgh on April 3 ... hit a two-run homer to tie the score in the seventh inning at Georgia on April 5 ... went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk against No. 9 NC State on May 7 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs at Georgia Southern on May 13 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and two runs at Georgia Southern on May 15 ... hit the game-winning home run in the 11th inning at Notre Dame on May 19 ... went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk at Notre Dame on May 21 ... went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk against No. 8 Virginia in the ACC Tournament on May 26; led off the ninth inning with a single and scored the go-ahead run ... went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, three runs, a walk and hit-by-pitch against No. 11 Florida State in the ACC Tournament on May 29 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer, five RBIs, three runs and a walk against Western Carolina in the Clemson Regional on June 3 ... went 2-for-3 with a run and walk against No. 18 Oklahoma State in the Clemson Regional on June 4 ... played for Long Beach in the California Collegiate League in the summer, where he hit .233 with four runs, three doubles, one triple, 10 RBIs and one steal in 17 games.
Before Clemson: All-state, conference MVP and team MVP in 2015 at Golden West College, where he was coached by Bert Villarreal ... member of the conference champion in 2015 ... all-state as a senior ... league MVP as a senior ... all-league selection as a sophomore, junior and senior ... team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior ... member of the conference champion as a junior and senior ... lettered four times in baseball at Garden Grove High School, where he was coached by Ricardo Cepeda.
Personal: Majoring in management ... born Chris Kenichi Williams on Nov. 23, 1996 in Garden Grove, Calif.