Mason Williams #35- 2013 Top 100
New York Yankees
Date of Birth: August 21st, 1991(age 21)
Origin: 4th Round Pick(#145 overall) in 2010 out of West Orange HS(FL)
Al Skorupa: Mason Williams is a slim, athletic center fielder. Williams is a plus runner, and his athletic ability plays both on the base paths and in the field. With more polish reading pitchers from the stretch, his speed could still play better on the bases. And with more refinement with his initial jumps and running routes his speed could similarly play better in the outfield. Williams has a simple, easy swing with plus bat speed — one that is conducive to high batting averages. Williams is generally a selective hitter but can still get himself out on bad pitches. His pitch recognition needs further refinement, but he shows all the potential to be a very tough out in the big leagues. His power ceiling is more questionable and will depend on physical development. Williams was almost painfully skinny when I saw him in 2011 — reports are that he has added good weight and strength since then. It’s a line drive swing plane, and I’m a little skeptical that over the fence power will ever be a big part of his game… but Williams projects as a big league regular in either case. If he continues to transform his body and untaps his power he could be the next great homegrown Yankee center fielder.
Conor Dowley: There’s only one thing not to like about Williams, and that’s his wire-thin frame. He has added some weight, but he’s still on the border of Hollywood-actress thin, and that’s just not a good thing for a professional athlete. His 2012 season ended with a dislocated shoulder suffered on a diving catch attempt, and unless he adds muscle mass and good weight, you can’t help but think suffering more of that sort of injury could be a problem down the line, especially with his high-effort approach to the game.
Otherwise, Williams is a prize prospect. He has fantastic defensive skills, just needing more experience and polish to truly become a top-flight defender in center field. His swing is very sound with an excellent path through the zone. He generates a lot of natural backspin which is a good indicator for his future power potential, though he doesn’t have the physical strength at the moment to take proper advantage of it. If he can fill out his frame, the Yankees should have a premier prospect on their hands.
Jeff Reese: That defensive value makes Mason Williams a pretty easy prospect to like. There just isn’t that much downside potential in his profile. Even if he never quite fills out his frame leaving the power under-developed, the defense, speed, and contact will make him a quality regular in center field. The over the fence power did see positive developments in 2012 however; not seeing more growth in that realm would be more surprising than vice versa.
Fantasy Outlook by Al Skorupa
Williams had his 2012 season derailed by shoulder surgery, but the future remains bright. How much power Williams will hit for is a matter still up for debate. He’s a good bet to help your team in steals at the very least, and average power numbers are possible along with a high batting average.