DEEP DIVES: A hit in every game he played

Glenn Williams had a hit in all 13 games he played in the MLB.

I've been on the topic of Australian MLB players before. In fact, another Deep Dives article was written about one. However, something even crazier happened with another Australian MLB player and I wanted to bring the situation to light.

I have wanted to dive into the amazingly quirky MLB career of Glenn Williams after playing MLB 06: The Show with a Twins franchise and seeing Williams on the roster.

Glenn Williams played a single season in the MLB in 2005 with the Minnesota Twins and hit in every single game he played.

You read that right. He played 13 games and hit in every single one of them, and never appeared in the MLB again. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of the stats, first, his career as a whole should be put under the microscope.

Williams began his trek to the MLB as one of the better prospects to come out of Australia, being ranked 64th and 76th in the Baseball America rankings before 1994 and 1995, respectively. Signing with the Atlanta Braves as a coveted international free agent in 1993 for $825,000, he slowly rose up the minor-league ranks. He never hit well in the Braves' system, as his highest batting average was .266 in 1997 with the Macon Braves of the South Atlantic League. After hovering over the Mendoza line for a few more seasons, he was released by the Braves in 2000.

The release would turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Williams, who signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and instantly began to turn his fortunes around. His batting average increased as he shot up the ranks, stringing together three consecutive seasons of 10+ home runs, something he had accomplished just once before in 1997.

2004 was the greatest minor league season of Glenn Williams' career to date. After toiling through seasons, Williams took flight, batting .264/.324/.495, swatting 23 home runs and 79 RBI, all career-highs.

Williams was granted free agency from Toronto after that season and signed with the Minnesota Twins, where he would blossom.

He would string together solid performances as a non-roster invitee to Twins Spring Training. After performing well in that limited sample, Williams was sent to AAA Rochester... where he continued to perform well.

On June 5, 2005, Williams' major league dreams finally came true as his contract was purchased, being swapped for infielder Terry Tiffee on the Twins' roster.

This is where the quirkiness began.

The team was on a road trip in Arizona and finally called Williams off the bench for his major league debut two days later, pinch-hitting for pitcher Brad Radke and rapping a single off the hand of pitcher Shawn Estes on the first pitch he saw. This began his incredible streak.

Williams got his first start at third base four days later in Los Angeles, going 2-4 with a pair of singles off Dodger pitching.

Sitting on the bench for another few games, Williams drew another start against the Giants, going 1-4 and batting .444 through his first three major league games.

Williams would pick up another hit in his next game against the Giants, extending the streak to four games.

The series that put Williams on the map began. The team hosted the Padres and were in a fierce battle heading into the tenth inning. In stepped Glenn Williams with a chance to win the game, and he did just that, driving a single into the outfield for his first career walk-off hit and first career RBI. He drew a pinch-hit appearance the next day and singled again. At this point, no one could stop Glenn Williams.

In the third game of the series, Williams was officially named the starting third baseman for the Twins, a team that was looking for a replacement to Corey Koskie, who spent 1998-04 as the Twins' hot-corner man. He responded with another hit, extending the streak to eight games.

Over his final seven games, Williams hit 9-22 with two RBI and kept his batting average above .400, recording a hit in every game. He had three more two-hit performances as well. He never started a game during his career with a batting average below .400, besides his first career plate appearance.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and Williams faced this head-on on June 28, 2005 against Kansas City. After going 1-2 with a walk and singling to extend his streak to 13 games, Williams separated his shoulder diving back to first base, and that was that. He was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List and ultimately spent the remainder of the season on the shelf.

The injury hit the Twins hard as the team supported him and his long road to the majors. Manager Ron Gardenhire expressed sympathy for his rookie.

"To see this happen to him, after how long he has been trying to get up to [the major leagues] is sad," Gardenhire told reporters after the game. "He was playing well for us. I feel for him."

Williams' 2005 season was very interesting, batting .425 (17/40) with no home runs and three RBI. At the end of the season, he had the fourth-longest active hitting streak, sitting behind Jimmy Rollins (36), Freddy Sanchez (17) and Chad Tracy (14).

His 13-game hit streak to start a career sits just four behind the longest, held by Chuck Aleno (1941) and David Dahl (2016) at 17.

One of my favorite things Baseball-Reference does is calculate a 162-game pace, extrapolating a player's stats over if he would play a full 162. Williams' pace is amazing, as over 162 games if he kept up the pace, he would have had 212 hits, zero home runs and 37 RBI.

Williams never made it back to the major leagues, unfortunately. He spent two more seasons with solid spring training performances, but was never the same hitter after his injury, batting .245 with 16 home runs and 93 RBI over his final two minor league seasons.

He retired after that, returning to Australia to manage, and sometimes, that is the business of the game. You hit so well, but the opportunities dry up despite good performance. However, we will never forget the amazingly interesting lone major league season of Williams' career, and I'm glad I took a deep dive into his stats.