Shawn Williams new Crosscutters manager
Shawn Williams will manage the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2014, the Philadelphia Phillies announced on Saturday. He is the son of former Phillies bench coach and major-league manager Jimy Williams.
Williams, who was initially slated to be a Crosscutters hitting coach under Nelson Prada, was promoted when Prada was moved to the Phillies’ Single A Clearwater team in an organizational shuffle over the departure of Ramon Henderson in Clearwater.
No replacement for Williams as hitting coach was available. The Cutters’ pitching coach is to be Aaron Fultz, who was with the team in that role in 2012.
The Phillies made the announcements Saturday, but did not say why Henderson was leaving. Henderson had been a long-time coach in the system before leaving in 2008 for what he admitted was a drinking problem, according to the Phillies’ web site. Henderson returned to the organization last year.
The Phillies had announced Prada would return to the Cutters in January, but will now be led by Williams, who was a Crosscutters coach in 2013.
Williams, 30, spent 2006-12 in the minor leagues, including 2007 in the New York-Penn League with Hudson Valley. He was mostly an infielder and hit .283. His highest level of affiliated ball was long-season Single A. Williams also pitched 5 games from 2008-10.