Monday, September 26, 2011

Mason Williams named top NYPL Prospect

Just like the GCL rankings that Baseball American came out with the other day, yesterday they released the ones for the New York-Penn League.  The Yankees had five on the list of the top 20 with Mason Williams being ranked number one.

Williams had an amazing year for the SI Yankees.  He hit .349 with 3 HRs, 6 triples, 11 doubles, 42 runs, 31 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases in 68 games. Williams was the 4th round pick in last years draft and after this season is looking like one of the top outfield prospects in the Yankees system.

Then the next Yankee on the list was Cito Culver at #6.  He did not have quite as good of a season as Williams. He only hit .250 with 2 HRs, 14 doubles, 40 runs, 33 RBIs, and 10 Stolen Bases without being caught once in 69 games.  He was the first round draft pick last year and is the top SS prospect in the Yankees system behind Eduardo Nunez who is already in the majors.  He is touted potentially as the heir apparent to Derek Jeter although being the Yankees they could always sign someone.

Tyler Austin is the next on the list at number eight. He was the 13th round pick in last years draft and spent all of last year in the GCL.  He then started this season in the GCL and played 20 games there but after hitting .390 he was called up to Staten Island.   Their he continued his hot hitting.  He hit .323 with 3 HRs, 10 doubles, 16 runs, and 14 RBIs in 27 games.  He also went 6-6 in a game in Staten Island.  He was called up mid season so didn't get a huge amount of attention but look for him at 3B next year and for years to come.

The next Yankee in the top 20 was Angelo Gumbs at #14.  He is the second baseman for Staten Island.  Gumbs was the second round pick in last years draft and spent last season in the GCL.  He had a pretty bad season but improved this season at Staten Island.  This season he hit .264 with 3 HRs, 11 doubles, 32 runs, and 29 RBIs in 51 games.  After the poor season last year and at a position of no need for the Yankees with Cano, Gumbs future may be elsewhere but its always good to have young infielders so he could see the major as a utility infielder at some point in the future.

Finally, Branden Pinder was ranked #19.  Pinder was in this years draft, 16th round.  He was the closer for SI this season.  His stats this season were a 1-1 record with a 1.16 ERA, 14 saves, 38 strikeouts, and 5 walks in 31 innings.  This is a very impressive year for a rookie pitcher in professional baseball.  Hopefully he can continue this as he progresses up through the minors.  The only problem I see is the fact that he is a minor league reliever.  Usually pitchers are relievers because they aren't as good as starters.  Therefore the fact that he is a reliever at this level doesn't look great for him major league prospects.  But hopefully he can buck this trend and make it to the Yankees bullpen in a few season.  Every team can always use young cheap relief pitchers to come into their bullpen.

These five prospects all look to have bright future but are still quite a distance from the majors.  Hopefully at least one of them will be up in the next 2-4 seasons.  My guess is that Williams would be the first to make the majors but at this point it is very hard to tell.

It looks like Baseball America is doing each league so as each one that the Yankees have an affiliate I will update you with the Yankees that are listed.  The next should be the Yankee prospects who played for the Charleston RiverDogs since they are working their way up from rookie ball to AAA.

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