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#45 Peyton Williams

Height 6-5
Weight 255 lbs.
Class RS Jr.
B/T L/L
Hometown Johnston, Iowa
High School Johnston
Twitter @peyton_w2
Instagram @peytonw24
Peyton Williams - Baseball - University of Iowa Athletics

2022 Honors — Selected in the seventh round (218th pick) of the 2022 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays… ABCA/Rawlings Second-Team All-Midwest Region selection… first-team All-Big Ten selection… Big Ten Player of the Week on April 27. 2022 — Started 54 games — 52 at first base and two as the designated hitter… hit .335 (70-of-209) with 41 RBIs, 55 runs scored and 32 extra base hits (17 2B, 13 HR, 2 3B)… hit safely in 38 games and reached safely in 49 contests… had 20 multi-hit games (13 2-hit, three 3-hit, 3 four-hit, 1 five-hit)… ranked seventh in Big Ten in OBP (.464), tied for seventh in hit by pitch (16), eighth in slugging (.622) and OPS (1.086)… in league games was tied for sixth in walks (19) and tied for eighth in hit by pitches (8)… went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in a Big Ten Tournament elimination game win over Penn State (5/28)… hit .333 (3-of-9) with two home runs, six runs scored and four RBIs in series win at Michigan State (5/13-15)… went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and four runs scored in game two and 2-for-5 with a two-run homer — No. 12 on the year — in the finale… hit .500 (5-of-10) in the three game series at Nebraska (4/29-5/1)… went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run — his 10th of the year — in the series finale to clinch the series win… named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 27 after slashing .600/.727/1.067 in leading Iowa to a 3-1 week… hit .400 (4-of-10) with six walks in road series at No. 8 Rutgers (4/22-24)… became the first Hawkeye to hit for the cycle since 2018, finishing 5-for-5 with two doubles, one triple, one home run, five RBIs and four runs scored (and reached base safely in all six plate appearances) against Bradley (4/12)… five hits tied a single-game school record and five RBIs and four runs were career highs… hit his eighth home run and finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored in game one against Minnesota (4/15)… went 3-for-6 in road win at Milwaukee (4/12)… hit his sixth and seventh home runs in consecutive games against Illinois (4/9-10)… went 3-for-5 with two doubles in series finale at Michigan (4/3)… finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run — his fifth of the season — and double in series finale against Central Michigan (3/27)… went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in road win at San Diego State (3/15)… hit .385 (5-of-13) with three doubles, four runs and three RBIs at UC Irvine (3/11-13)… went 3-for-5 in game one and 2-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs in the series finale… named to the Frisco Classic All-Tournament Team after hitting .333 (4-of-12) with one double, two home runs, three RBIs and four runs scored…went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against Wichita State (3/4) and 1-for-4 with a 422-foot long ball and two runs scored against Washington State (3/6)… hit .385 (5-of-13) with three doubles, three runs and two RBIs at Kleberg Bank Classic (2/25-27)… went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored in finale against Wichita State (2/27), tying a career-high in hits… hit .455 (5-for-11) with a double, home run and three RBIs as the Swig & Swine Classic (2/18-20)… went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored in season opener against Air Force (2/18)… the four hits tied a career high… named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List… rated as the No. 267 player nationally and the No. 9 player in the Big Ten on Perfect Game’s 2022 Draft Board… ranked as the No. 14 player in the Big Ten for the 2022 MLB Draft by D1Baseball.com.

2021 Honors — Academic All-Big Ten. 2021 — Started 36 games — 25 at first base and 11 as designated hitter… hit .295 (36-of-122) with 15 doubles, six home runs, 27 RBIs and 34 runs scored… led the Big Ten in walks (34) and was third in on-base percentage (.470), tied for third in doubles (15) and seventh in slugging percentage (.582)… posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage… hit safely in 23 games with eight multi-hit and eight multi-RBI games… finished with a .417 average (5-of-12) with three doubles and two RBIs at Michigan State (5/28-30)… went 3-for-5 with three doubles — tying a single-game school record — and two RBIs in game two… hit a team-best .455 (5-of-11) in three games at Northwestern (5/21/23)… went 3-for-5 with a double in the series opener… missed the Indiana series because of injury… hit .313 (5-of-16) with four extra base hits in pod against Maryland and Northwestern (4/23-26)… hit his sixth home run — a solo shot down right field line — in 15-4 win over Northwestern (4/25)… went 3-for-6 with a double, triple, three runs and two RBIs in game one win at Rutgers (4/16)… hit a grand slam in the sixth inning in the series opener against Minnesota (4/9)… home run went 430 feet and was 109 mph off the bat… hit .500 (4-for-8) with two home runs, four runs, and three RBIs at Purdue (4/2-4)… had a career game, going 4-for-5 with two home runs — hit in consecutive at-bats — and a double, three runs and three RBIs in game two… tied a school record with four walks — two intentional — in the series finale… hit .375 with six RBIs and four extra base hits in the Columbus Big Ten pod… went 2-for-4 with a two-run monster home run in a 6-4 win over Maryland (3/27) and went 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs — including a three-run bomb — in the 11-2 victory over Maryland (3/28)… went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in game two against Nebraska (3/20)… served only as a pinch hitter in Minneapolis (3/12-14), nursing a hamstring injury… was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Iowa’s 8-3 win over No. 18/21 Michigan… rated as the No. 7 prospect in the Big Ten for the 2022 MLB Draft by D1Baseball.

2020 Honors — Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American… first Hawkeye since 2017 to earn Freshman All-America honors. 2020 — Season canceled by Big Ten Conference and NCAA on March 12 due to concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19)…  Iowa’s starting first baseman… started all 15 games at first base… hit .298 (17-of-57) with 16 RBIs, 13 runs, and seven extra base hits (two home runs, four doubles, one triple)… tied forfifth in the Big Ten in RBIs (16) and tied for 10th in home runs (2)… finished the season on an 11-game hitting streak dating back to Feb. 22… hit safely in 13 games with four multi-hit games… went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI, and run scored against Kansas (3/10)… hit .400 (4-for-10) with six RBIs at the Snowbird Classic… went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in win Western Michigan (3/6) and was 1-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs in win over Georgetown (3/7)… had a bases-clearing, three-run triple in win over Grand View (3/3)… hit a two-run homer — his second of the season — against North Carolina (2/29)… hit his first career home run in win over No. 18 Arizona (2/22), finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a steal… went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in win over Saint Joseph’s (2/15)… hit a grand slam in his first collegiate at-bat during the fall season… tabbed as the 11th-ranked Big Ten impact freshman in the Big Ten by D1Baseball… hit a record 13 home runs in 33 games for the Waterloo Bucks in the Northwoods League.

High School — Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year and Iowa Prep Baseball Report Player of the Year as a senior after hitting .473 with 17 doubles, 57 RBIs, and a state-leading 16 home runs… scored 56 runs had 62 hits and posted a 1.000 slugging percentage… led team in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, OBP, slugging and batting average… became only sixth player in 4A history to surpass 200 career hits… named the Des Moines Register Elite team as a senior and the IHSBCA and IPSWA 4A team captain… named Johnston High School Athlete of the Year in 2019… 2019 ABCA/Rawlings National High School Gold Glove Team… 2019 All-Star Series Large West team honoree… two-time IHSBCA Super Team, three-time first-team all-state, three-time first-team all-district and four-time all-conference selection… ranked as the 478th-best prospect nationally by Perfect Game and the top-rated player in Iowa… ranked 183rd nationally by Prep Baseball Report and the top-ranked player in Iowa… 2018 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Super Team selection after hitting .463 with 17 doubles, three triples, and four home runs… scored 44 runs, drove in 40, and had 10 steals… hit .372 with 16 doubles and seven home runs as a sophomore and .365 with 10 doubles and 40 RBIs as freshman… finished career as school record holder in at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, and RBIs… holds single-season records in home runs, doubles, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage… had a .412 career batting average… 2017 Perfect Game Honorable Mention and MVP of 2017 WWBA Midwest Underclass Qualifier… 2018 Perfect Game Underclass Third-Team… helped lead Johnston to four state tournament appearances, including a state title in 2017 and a runner-up finish in 2019… played for Iowa Sticks and Perfect Game Black… four-year letterwinner in football and basketball… three-year starter in football, earning two second-team all-conference honors as a tight end… third-team all-state honoree and all-sub-state team selection in basketball as a senior… two-time all-conference selection on a state qualifier team and named to the IBCA All-Star Games Southwest team as a senior… four-time academic all-conference selection… high school coach was Michael Barta.

Personal — Born Sept. 14, 2000… son of David and Julie Williams… has an older brother, Jaxson, and a twin sister, Paige… high school teammate of fellow Hawkeyes Cade Moss and Ben Wilmes… majoring in business analytics and information systems.