Monday, January 9, 2012

Road to Yankee Stadium Top 10: #4 Mason Williams

Mason Williams, OF, LoA SS

This past season Mason Williams went from being a relatively unknown prospect to becoming the top non-catching offensive prospect in the Yankees system.  This is a pretty big leap for a player but after the incredible season had a Staten Island (LoA SS) it is definitely earned.  This season in a league where only seven hitter hit better then .300, Williams hit .349 and was second in the entire league.  He led the league in hits with 94 and stolen bases with 28.  He was also tied for second in the league with 6 triples and was top ten in runs scored with 42.  He also had three home runs and 31 RBIs in 68 games.  In the New York-Penn League that is a very impressive season.  To cap it all off he was Topps Minor League player of the year for his league and named a Baseball American Short-Season All-Star.

Williams was drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 draft out of high school.  He started his career in the 2010 season in the GCL.  However, only got into 5 games.  In those games he hit .222 with 4 hits.  The 2011 season was his first full season as a professional and as I stated above it was a very impressive one.

Going forward Williams has immense potential.  First off he is still only 20 years old and will definitely move up at least one level next season.  I could see the Yankees promoting all the way up to Tampa to start the season, skipping Charleston all together.  That being said he has only had one full season in the system so next year will be most important to find out if he is really an elite prospect.  If he has another good season he could move up in the top 3 of Yankees prospects going into next season.  And with another good season could get himself into one of the upper levels of the minors by the start of the 2013 season.  With a monster season one could see him climbing into potentially AA by the end of this upcoming season.  However, this may be getting ahead of ourselves.  He will need to prove that he was not a one hit wonder and continue to hit at higher levels.  I would say that the earliest that he would see the majors would be an end of season call up in the 2013 season and as a full time player at the beginning of 2014.  But that again is best case scenario as the highest level he has played at so far is LoA SS.  If he regresses a little in the upcoming years the 2015 season would be a good guess as to when he would be a full time big leaguer as long as he doesn't fall of the map by then.

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