Yankees reach agreement with fourth rounder Mason Williams


Via Jonathan Mayo, the Yankees have signed fourth rounder Mason Williams for $1.45M. It’s easily the largest bonus they’ve given out this year.

A big time athlete with speed and agility, Williams is a tremendous defender in center with enough offensive upside to remain interesting. His swing is sound and he’s not a total hacker, but he still has to refine his approach and add strength to hit for even average power. Like many of toolsy high schoolers the Yanks selected this year, Williams is a bit of a project. Here’s some video.

The Yanks have now signed their top 13 picks, and 16 of their top 17. Don’t expect any more big signings this year, they should be done.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. Angelo says:

    Hah, I just mentioned this on the Rutckyj thread.

  2. Pat D says:

    So…these two signings were fairly unexpected, right?

  3. pat says:

    Hoooooly sheet.

  4. Angelo says:

    Seems like the only guy the Yankees really overpaid for, but overall they have done a great job at paying draftees less than expeccted this year.

  5. A.D. says:

    Presumably the last signing of the night?

  6. Tom Zig says:

    Aside from Kevin Jordan, who is left that is worthwhile?

  7. Gonzo says:

    I got to be honest, that’s more than I was thinking they should pay. It’s not my money though, so I am happy.

  8. Steve O. says:

    When I first saw this I thought it read: Yankees reach agreement with fourth outfielder Mason Williams.

  9. Reggie C. says:

    This doesn’t totally blow my theory in the prior thread to hell but this signing bonus is alot more than what Austin Jackson got to give up the dream of playing GT basketball. I wonder if the success of developing Jackson has given the FO the proof that these superbly athletic, but offensively raw HS’ers can turn out to be solid hitters.

  10. pat says:

    Yanks must have a lot of faith in his power developing.

  11. Gonzo says:

    Zack Lee signed! Renaudo Signed! And Bryce got lower than I thought.

    • Andrew says:

      I’m still in disbelieve that the dodgers signed Lee in the end. Good for them. Does anybody know the contract value? Also how about Castellenos getting 3.45 mil. Good deal for him that’s for sure.

    • rbizzler says:

      Where is the info on Harper’s dollar amounts? I just saw that he got a 7.5 million bonus with contract info not leaked yet. What were your expectations?

    • Gonzo says:

      Holy shyt, Renaudo got $2.55mm from the Sox. They broke the f-ing bank this draft.

      • Captain Jack says:

        They’re a scrappy small market team, they can’t afford to spend money on free agents so they have to spend money on the draft.


      • Reggie C. says:

        Theo realizes the system isn’t as strong as its been in years past. Who’s been the big breakout prospect this year? Casey Kelly? Nope. Lars? Impressive start to season and earned promotion to AAA, but he’s completely fizzled out. Interesting signings from the DR are still in the lower minor. Theo was out on a mission to re-stock the farm.

        • Gonzo says:

          Rizzo had a breakout year, but I heard they were stacked at the lower levels.

          • Reggie C. says:

            I had to look Rizzo’s numbers up. Good year for sure, though the OBP is alot lower than what you’d want from someone who made KLAW’s top prospects (40-60 range, can’t remember) list. I’m not sure about them being “stacked at the lower levels.”

            • Gonzo says:

              That kid they traded for Salty, Roman Mendez or something, was supposed to be pretty good. They’ll probably be ranked well in upcoming rankings.

          • pat says:

            Meh, Rizzo hit a bunch of bombs. Didn’t do much besides that.. .266/.330/.488

      • Alan says:

        To see the Boston Red Sox open up the bank to spend money on draftees really speaks to the talent of Theo Epstein and his scouting team. With their small market resources they have to be very strategic in how they use their limited funds. That they went out of their way to sign these guys indicates they will all be MVP’s and Cy Young’s for years to come.

        For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons.

        • Gonzo says:

          You have to read one of their $1.3 mm picks’ little write-up. They all have to mention that he is 5’8″. Funny stuff.

          • Alan says:

            5’8″ is alot of pure, condensed grit. I expect nothing less than 5 MVP’s and 10 All-Star Appearances.

            • Gonzo says:

              He also projects to be a 2b! Haha, Pedroia just shed a tear.

              • Alan says:

                Between him and Pedroia manning the middle for DECADES TO COME, the world just might implode on its self into a giant beard.

                We have been upstaged once again by the premiere 3rd place team in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox.

  12. Reggie C. says:

    Not sure if this has been posted before, but here’s Angelo Gumbs doing taking some casual BP. Listen to that sound of contact. Music to my ears.

  13. Angelo says:

    Harper only got 6.5 mil? That’s a shocker. Well done, Nats.

  14. Bobby Analog says:

    Is this it or are there still deals that MLB needs to process? Any chance we still might pick up a player or two?

  15. vinny-b says:

    now sign Kevin Jordan.

  16. Pete says:

    Holy moly. The “meh” draft suddenly looks pretty damn good now that we’ve signed like, everyone.

    • Tom Swift says:

      The blog coverage of this year’s draft signing deadline seems much more muted this year compared to last year. Are the bloggers on vacation? This year’s signings are at least as interesting as last year’s.

  17. Ted Nelson says:

    Seems like after the USC sanctions the Yankees were the only team willing to pay Mason Williams to play baseball next year…

  18. ColoYank says:

    Do Rutckyj or Williams make a debut this year? It has to be too late, doesn’t it? How about Segedin? (I looked his name up on the MiLB site, with no match found.)

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