KLaw’s Top Sleeper Prospects For 2011


Now that his organizational rankings and top 100 prospects list is out, Keith Law is closing out his week of prospect coverage with an Insider-only piece looking at sleeper prospects for the upcoming season. He listed one player for every team, and went with 2010 fourth round pick Mason Williams for the Yankees. “[He] was one of the best athletes in the 2010 draft, with plus speed and a plus arm,” said KLaw. “He has good instincts for a multi-sport guy, especially in center field and he makes his raw speed play up on the bases. He’s got surprising pop for his size but will have to prove he can maintain his approach against decent pitching.”

Williams signed for $1.45M not long before the deadline, the largest signing bonus the Yankees gave out this year. Here the prospect profile I put together for him back in November.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. Esteban says:

    Grumble grumble keith law grumble.

    This shows how the Yankees can use their financial power to get guys in later rounds.
    it’s also good to see the Yankees stockpiling up the middle talent.

  2. Reggie C. says:

    Is Mason Williams a better athlete than the SladeRunner?

    If we’re lucky to have a couple breakout positional players, lets hope one of ‘em is an Outfielder. This organization is painfully thin at OF and needs somebody to step up.

    • Plank says:

      OF is the easiest to get great players on the FA market. Every year there is a great corner OF on the market. I like that the Yankees tend to “ignore” positions they can replace easily in other ways.

  3. pat says:

    Ravel Santana.

    Book it.

  4. Scott says:

    i think yeicock calderon will have a great season stateside and he also has an awesome name

  5. Bulldozer says:

    Not gonna happen, but I’ll pray for a Mike Trout type breakout.

    Fun Fact:
    Mason Williams signed a bigger bonus than Mike Trout!

    Believe people, believe!

  6. icebird753 says:

    What’s so great about Mason anyways? He seems like a Juan Pierre, not a future star.

  7. OldYanksFan says:

    The kid sounds like he has potential. Let’s hope his head grows into his hat.

  8. MikeD says:

    Mike, Klaw’s write-up has him as an OFer, although your original profile listed him as either an OFer or a SS. Any idea if the Yankees have made up their mind one way of the other? We might be in need of SS within a few years!

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