KLaw’s Top Sleeper Prospects For 2011

The RAB Radio Show: January 28, 2011
Open Thread: Spring can't come soon enough

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.

The RAB Radio Show: January 28, 2011
Open Thread: Spring can't come soon enough
  • Esteban

    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.

    • Mister Delaware

      Seriously, he only picked one guy for us? Bias.

      • Uke

        I hope this is sarcasm, as he picked only one for each team.

  • Reggie C.

    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

      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.

  • pat

    Ravel Santana.

    Book it.

    • http://www.retire21.com first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21

      My name is Michael and I support this message.

  • Scott

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

  • Bulldozer

    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!

  • icebird753

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

    • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

      Juan Pierre isn’t 19.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      What’s wrong with Juan Pierre besides his lack of power, and bad contract?

      • Plank

        Pierre has a year and $8.5M left on his contract (The WSox are paying $5M). He is good for 2 WAR, it’s not a horrible contract.

    • Mister Delaware

      Pierre actually had one more HR than Mason last year.

  • OldYanksFan

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

    • camilo Gerardo

      is it because he’s black? or because you’re old-fashioned?

      • Evan3457

        I think it’s because in his picture for the prospect profile, his hat looks like it’s at least one size to big for his head. That could be an illusion of the picture, I suppose.

      • MikeD

        Probably neither. It is an odd-looking picture. I’m almost wondering if it was PhotoShopped in.

  • MikeD

    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!