Coming out of the draft last year, many were extremely high on a certain South Carolina commit. That same young guy fell to the Yankees a few rounds in, and he was still touted as a potential everyday player. That would be Mason Williams, and after seeing him in person, I completely agree with the scouting reports.
Mason Williams doesn’t have the best plate discipline, but he swings at fastballs in the zone and gets hits. He has wheels, maybe moreso than Cito Culver, but his tools are similiarly raw to Culver’s. He’s a slasher, and while that’s something he’ll work on, his hits and balls in play are going to be singles to the right side and not home runs or balls driven until he fixes it.
His range in center is indespinsable for any pitcher on the mound. He has really nice range and he takes solid routes to balls. In baseball of this low a level, there are fewer balls hit to deep center and what not. Even so, Mason Williams was able to track everything down and get the ball back in fast.
If some people beat up on the Yankees for reaching to take Cito Culver in the first round last year there were at least as many people praising the Yankees for landing Williams in the fourth round. It’s hard to land a legit center field prospect and that’s exactly what Williams appears to be.
Like Culver, he is extremely young and thus it will probably take him a long time to reach the majors from this point. Again like Culver, because of his age reading about him being raw is not much of a concern. They’ll probably take it level by level with him until he is a bit more advanced. Then I could see him jumping around, but I still expect it to be a while before we see him in the Bronx. He’s off to a good start hitting .438 in four starts so far.