Aug
16

Yankees reach agreement with fourth rounder Mason Williams

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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
  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Hah, I just mentioned this on the Rutckyj thread.

  • Pat D

    So…these two signings were fairly unexpected, right?

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Pretty much.

  • pat

    Hoooooly sheet.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    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.

    • pat

      Gamel felt like an over pay too. Doesn’t seem to have a standout tool. However, I fully acknowledge I’m a nerd who reads all this online, so what do I know?

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        How much did Gamel get? I think it was 500K? I agree

  • A.D.

    Presumably the last signing of the night?

    • MikeD

      No. He said the last signing of the year. We can all come back in January.

      I’m guessing he meant the last signing of the night.

      • Ted Nelson

        That was the deadline to sign 2010 draft picks… In this case last of night = last of year.

  • Tom Zig

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

    • Alan

      I’d still love for a Dezse signing, but that’s not happening.

  • Gonzo

    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.

  • Steve O.

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

    • Reggie C.

      INCEPTION.

  • Reggie C.

    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.

    • Sleepykarl

      Jackson was an 8th rounder, so maybe that played a role in it.

  • pat

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

    • Gonzo

      He might be AJax 2.0 if he can’t develop power. That’s not a bad thing either.

      • rbizzler

        A-Jax has developed power?! Kidding, but I couldn’t resist.

        • Gonzo

          Doh!
          Strike that, reverse it.

          • Rivera Venue Blues

            You had it right, Mason would be AJax Redux if he doesn’t develop power, and that’s not the worst thing out of a 4th round guy.

            • Gonzo

              You’re right, I had it right the first time.

              • rbizzler

                Whoops, sorry for the confusion.

            • Ted Nelson

              If Mason Williams ever makes the major leagues in any capacity it will have been a very good pick.

  • Gonzo

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

    • Andrew

      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.

      • Reggie C.

        Castellanos just got more than what was spent on Culver, Gumbs, and Mason Williams.

        WOW.

        Good for Castellanos indeed.

        • Gonzo

          Not to mention we got Segedin for a fraction of what Castellanos received.

    • rbizzler

      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

        I saw $6.5 from MLBTR. I assumed he would take a bigger bonus instead of the ML contract. Looks like he went the Strasburg route. I thought he would just take a $11mm bonus to the bank.

        • Gonzo

          Now $9.9mm is the number being bandied about.

    • Gonzo

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

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

        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.

        Duh.

      • Reggie C.

        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

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

          • Reggie C.

            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

              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

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

      • Alan

        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

          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

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

            • Gonzo

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

              • Alan

                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.

  • Reggie C.

    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

    • pat

      Gumbs looks pretty solidly built. Awesome.

    • Carlosologist

      The ball just explodes off his bat. Hopefully he’ll have a good future as a Yankee.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

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

    • Gonzo

      Well Starsburg only got $7.5 last year. Wait for the details.

      • Alan

        What? He got 7.5 mil just for putting pen to paper, but he got 15.1 mil.

        Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4403920

        • MikeD

          I think that’s what he was saying. The initial reports had Strasburg signing for $7.5 million, but then the additional details came out. I took Gonzo’s comment to mean let’s see if there’s more before assuming it’s only $6.5. Could be wrong, though.

          • Gonzo

            No, Strasburg’s bonus was $7.5mm as reported. Then it came out that was right, but he also has another $7.5mm coming to him in the next 4 years.

            • MikeD

              Yes. I think we were agreeing.

              • Gonzo

                Well then, of course, yes.

    • Steve O.

      That’s probably just the bonus, the actual contract will proabably approach, if not exceed 10MM.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Ah, okay. You’re probably right.

        • Gonzo

          Dang, Heyman is reporting a $6.25mm bonus with $9.9 mm in guaranteed. Pretty good deal for Rizzo.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Yeah, I just saw that. Definitely a good deal for Rizzo

  • Bobby Analog

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

  • vinny-b

    now sign Kevin Jordan.

    • Alan

      Sure, if the signing period for draftees had ended 9 hours and 12 minutes prior to your post.

  • Pete

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

    • Tom Swift

      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.

  • Ted Nelson

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

  • ColoYank

    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.)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Segedin is playing for the GCL today.

      • ColoYank

        Ah! Thank you, kind sir.

      • ColoYank

        I would have thought he was more of an SI kinda guy … a couple of years of reasonably competitive college ball, isn’t it?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          It’s just a warm up. He hasn’t played in about three months, and the GCL squad can carry more players on their roster according to the rules. He’ll go up soon enough, don’t worry.