Name: Mason Williams
School level: HS
With their fourth pick in the draft the Yankees took outfielder/pitcher Mason Williams out of high school. He was drafted as an outfielder so his pitching days are probably over. He is 6’1″ and listed at 160 lbs. That sounds small, but what I’m hearing about him is the he is a young, 18, athletic center fielder and a likely leadoff candidate. This kid gives you everything except power with a strong chance to stick at a premium position.
Here’s what Baseball America said about him:
Mason Williams, of
West Orange HS, Winter Garden, Fla.
Williams pitches and plays center field and led West Orange High to its deepest playoff run in school history. While he competes hard on the mound, his slight 6-foot-1, 160-pound frame and sidearm delivery don’t get scouts excited. His hitting ability, speed and overall athletic ability do. His build evokes Doug Glanville comparisons, and Williams has some strength and a surprising feel for hitting for a high school outfielder. He’s shown polish to his approach and makes consistent, hard contact with a fundamentally sound swing. His speed stands out as well, and scouts have seen him consistently above-average and occasionally even better. He has excellent range in center field as well and has above-average potential defensively with solid arm strength. Power is his only true below-average tool. Williams has the athletic ability and the skill to go out in the first three rounds, and his commitment to South Carolina wasn’t seen as a hindrance to his signability.
Here is what Perfect Game USA had to say about him:
Mason Williams is a 2010 OF/P with a 6’0”, 148 lb. frame from Winter Garden, FL who attends West Orange HS. Slender build, wiry strength. Very light on feet, 6.44 runner, excellent defensive player, plus range/plus arm strength in CF, shows instincts, has played MIF in past with similar tools/skills. Left handed hitter, leadoff type skills, quick short swing, line drives to all fields, polished hitter, recognizes pitches, can bunt for hits, speed plays on bases, more strength will help get balls to gaps. Also pitches, side arm style with mid 80′s fastball, big sweeping CB, effective spot pitching style. Projects large as he fills out his body. Tools are present. Good student.
Another young high ceiling player in the Brett Gardner mold. Baseball America had him ranked at no. 87. Some might be interested to hear that he is the son of former Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams.