Mason Williams is a name that some New York Yankee fans probably feel they have been hearing for ever. Williams was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft out of West Orange High School in Florida.
Mason in his first couple of years in the farm system was progressing nicely the lefty hitter batted over .300 in just under 275 AB with 47 stolen bases 59 RBIs and close to a .400 OBP from 2011 through 2012.
At the end of the 2012 after being promoted to Advanced-A Tampa he suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder which required surgery. He struggled early in Tampa for the 2013 season and admitted he was pressing to get back into form. It was a good two months before Williams started to get more patient and selective at the plate and it showed hitting .285 over his final 53 games in Tampa. Mason was rewarded with a promotion to Double-A Trenton Thunder. Unfortunately in just 17 games he hit and abysmal .158, but his coaches on both levels believe Mason is too talented not to continue to get better. His hand-eye coordination and bat speed is above average with the ability to hit to all fields he just needs to stay aggressive and get the barrel through the zone to be successful.
The critics are have been out in full force since Williams DUI arrest in April of 2013 in Tampa, Florida. Williams has been trying to garner the trust of the organization once again between injuries and the arrest the Yankees still believe they have a Major League outfielder prospect. With the long-term contract to Jacoby Ellsbury and the signing of Brett Gardner Williams will have to really step it up to even be able to be considered the third outfielder eventually in the Bronx.
Williams has the possibility to be a very good above average hitter who can use the whole field. His over aggressive style needs to be tempered to prevent a lot of strikeouts and increase his walks. His well above average speed it an asset on the base paths where he can reek havoc. Currently he is more like Gardner than Ellsbury on the base paths not feeling confident after getting thrown out he takes too long to make a decision to run.
Defensively he is considered a Gold Glove centerfielder already with plus-plus range and above average arm strength.
At minimum he would be a reserve outfielder on a Major League club, but the best case scenario would be a starting centerfielder if he can be more consistent at the plate and trust his God given ability which means less thinking and more reacting and playing.
ETA could be 2015 currently he is with Trenton and if he improves and moves to Triple-A Scranton before the end of the season he may get a shot at the 40-man roster in the off season. This would enable him see some playing time in the Bronx next year.
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