Mike Newman on Mason WilliamsBy
Hitting leadoff for the prospect-laden Low-A Charleston squad, preseason number two prospect Mason Williams owns a stellar .308/.349/.496 batting line with a measly 9.7% strikeout rate in his first year in a full season league. Mike Newman of FanGraphs recently got a look at the 20-year-old center fielder and says he’s starting to turn his physical abilities into baseball skills. “As it stands, Williams is a surefire top-50 prospect this winter with a legitimate shot at ranking as the top prospect in the Yankees organization,” he wrote.
Newman notes that Williams is hard on himself — to the point where a coach had to intervene and help him refocus — and could do a better job defensively, but the skills are there for him to be an electric leadoff-type from the left side of the plate. Make sure you check it out, it’s a short and interesting read. Here are Newman’s posts on Angelo Gumbs, Tyler Austin, and Gary Sanchez.