Pinstripe Preview: Mason Williams
Many reading this are somewhat familiar with Mason Williams. He appeared in just eight games in the 2015 season in which he hit .286 before he suffered a shoulder injury. In 2016, he was called up when the roster expanded and appeared in twelve games. Williams is an outfielder who’s spot on the team is questionable after the injuries he suffered the past two years and the top prospects the Yankees acquired at the trade deadline last season.
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The 25-year-old outfielder spent most of 2016 in the minor leagues, spending most of his time at the Triple-A level with the Railriders. There, he had a slash line of .296/.313/.376 in 32 games. He also played 11 games with the Tampa Yankees, where he hit .333 with an OBP of .349 in 42 at bats. When he was finally called up to the major-league roster there was a small sample size of what he can do, but from that he was a fairly consistent hitter when he got up to the plate and a slightly above average glove in the outfield. The same as what we saw when he was up in the 2015 season.
He was still dealing with some injuries throughout the year so he wasn’t playing consistently all year. For that reason it is tough to say what type of player Williams is for the Yankees. Before the trade deadline came around, Mason Williams looked like he could have been a decent everyday player for the Yankees in the future, but after his injury-plagued year, and the new players the Yankees have acquired, he may not be around for much longer.
Mason Williams was just cut from the major-league camp on March 16 along with a few others. As said before, his future with the team is questionable after acquiring some top prospects at the trade deadline. The outfield of the future for the Yankees seems to be set, and it doesn’t include Williams in it. Williams will be starting the year in Scranton with the Triple-A squad most likely, and seeing him being called up before a player like Clint Frazier seems unlikely. Hopefully Williams can perform great in the minor leagues this year, and he could be a very good trade piece later in the year if the Yankees are in the position to buy at the deadline.
For the short amount of time he has been in the MLB he has looked good, so even though he is already 25 with not much high level experience there may be some teams who are willing to give him a chance. Obviously if he comes out of nowhere and has a monster season and proves he can be a great player then it will be tough to leave him down, but at 25, I don’t see that happening.
Article by Greg Wilson