New York Yankees News: Chris Martin and Prospect Mason Williams Called Up To MLB


As the New York Yankees prepare themselves for the road trip ahead, they have called up a familiar arm in Chris Martin, but in addition, the Yankees have called up emerging prospect Mason Williams.

Martin, who was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in the off-season, owned a 3.55 earned run average in 15 games prior to being placed on the disabled list earlier in the 2015 season. Following Andrew Miller’s injury, Martin would be called up to replace Miller and add an additional arm to the depleted bullpen.

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Mason Williams – a fourth-round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft – would be making his first appearance at the Major League level in his career. Yankees’ fans should be familiar with the prospect, as he was the No. 2 prospect in the Yankees’ farm system in 2012 and 2013, according to Unfortunately, Williams veered off the course and currently ranks as the Yankees’ 26th prospect, a horrendous downfall. Before scouts and fans can label Williams as a bust, the 23-year-old will have an opportunity to prove the naysayers wrong.

During the 2015 season with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team, Williams has been constantly attempting to reclaim his status; thus far, Williams has batted .321 and a .814 OPS.

Williams will be replacing Jose Pirela, who was sent down to Triple-A following Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals. In addition to Pirela’s departure, the Yankees also sent down rookie outfielder Ramon Flores and traded pitcher David Carpenter to the Nationals.

As Williams adds onto the abundance of rookie debuts this season for the Yankees, it should be noted that this is the third rookie outfielder that the Yankees have looked to rely on. Following Jacoby Ellsbury‘s injury, the Yankees initially called up rookie Slade Heathcott, only to be disappointed and placed on the disabled list with a quad strain. The Yankees had to look elsewhere for their depleted outfield, ultimately calling up Flores. Williams is a left-handed bat, similarly to Flores and Heathcott.

Although Williams has had less of an ideal path to the big leagues, he has finally found himself under the lights at the Major League level, one way or another.

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