The New York Yankees are built around veteran leadership. They have been for decades, and most likely will be for years to come. However, one young Yankee is looking to buck that trend. Mason Williams.
Williams is a 4th round pick from the 2010 draft. Though he is only 22, Williams is emerging as a player of a different breed. Rob Thomson spoke of Williams earlier today. “I’m telling you, Mason’s a really, really good defender in center field…he’s got great instincts and he gets great jumps on the ball. He reads bat speed well and he’s got direct routes to the ball. He covers a lot of space out there.”
The Yankees are completely full in the outfield right now, for at least the next three years when Carlos Beltran’s contract comes to a close. However, it may be just enough time to make sure Williams is not rushed to the major league level.
Williams is currently the most exciting outfield prospect for the Yankees since Austin Jackson. Jackson was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Curtis Granderson and others in 2009 as part of a three-team trade. Not only is he excelling in center field, but at the plate as well. Thompson said, “He’s getting stronger. He hit a ball off the wall in Houston last week and (Saturday) he just missed a home run. He’s getting stronger and he’s starting to use the field a little bit and the ball’s jumping off his bat a little bit more.”
If Williams can continue to progress at the rate he has been, he has no downfall. He’s a strong fielder with a powerful bat and some speed. Hopefully this time, the Yankees will hold onto him so we can eventually see him in pinstripes.