Tim McWilliam

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Tim McWilliam

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Tim McWilliam played in the San Diego Padres system from 1988 to 1992 and later became a scout.

He was undrafted out of college but dazzled when he made his minor league debut. In his first pro season, with the AZL Padres, he batted .451/.516/.637 with four home runs, 47 RBI, 51 runs, 82 hits, eight doubles, seven triples, 25 walks and just six strikeouts in 48 games (219 plate appearances). He was the first Arizona League batting champion and his record still stands (Hernan Iribarren has come closest as of 2015, with a .439 mark in 2004). He led the league by .101 over Gerard Cifarelli, was 3rd in runs (behind Sylvester Love and Leon Glenn), led with 82 hits (8 more than Love), tied Ed Ricks for 3rd in triples, was second in RBI (6 behind Glenn), led in OBP (.062 over Enoch Simmons), led in slugging (.029 better than Glenn), led in OPS (138 better than Glenn) and was 3rd with 116 total bases (trailing Glenn and Love). He joined Ricks and Osvaldo Sanchez as the AZL All-Star outfielders but lost the MVP to Ricks.

He never again reached those types of rate stats, though he had 100 or more hits twice (1989 and 1990). He hit .283/.359/.400 for the 1989 Riverside Red Wave. In 1990, he was at .284/.345/.369 for the Wichita Wranglers. In 1991, he played briefly for the Triple A Las Vegas Stars, collecting a hit in five at-bats. He hit .296/.372/.436 for Wichita that year and was .006 from making the Texas League top 10 in average (though he was also a few plate appearances shy). He ended his playing career on a poor note with Wichita in 1992 (.233/.331/.363). Though he never hit .300 in any season but his first, on the strength of that year he batted over .300 for his career, finishing with a slash line of .302/.375/.424.

He was later an area scout for the Padres for nine seasons, serving as regional crosschecker for two. He began scouting for the Detroit Tigers in 2004; he became a regional crosschecker in 2008, replacing Joe Ferrone. Signees include Matt Bush, Alden Carrithers, Anthony Claggett, Casey Fien, Kevin Reese and Danny Worth.

His son, Andrew McWilliam, has been drafted.

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