Jonathan Willems signed the with Cincinnati Reds in August of 2015 out of Willemstad, Curacao. His first two seasons in the organization didn’t turn out great, as he struggled to get going at the plate. He hit .228 in 2016 in the Dominican Summer League. In 2017 he only had 64 at-bats with the AZL Reds, hitting .234. In 2018 things are going quite a bit better for the 19-year-old infielder. He’s been an extra-base hit machine this season, with 11 doubles, three triples, and four home runs in 34 games. And Willems is hitting .280 on the season in 152 plate appearances.
If there’s one area that could use some improvement it is in the walk column. Jonathan Willems has walked just four times this season, and those four walks all came in his first 13 games played. He hasn’t walked since July 5th. That has to improve as he moves forward in his career.
But what’s undeniable is that he’s got something to work with at the plate. He’s capable of using the entire field. And he can do so with some pop. His bat is quick, and he’s quite athletic. He’s been splitting some time defensively at both second base and third base this season for the Greeneville Reds, though most of his action has come at second.