Mason Williams (baseball)
New York Yankees – No. 80
Born: August 21, 1991|
Winter Garden, Florida
Williams was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of West Orange High School. He signed for a $1.5 million signing bonus to forgo his scholarship to the University of South Carolina.
Williams started his career with the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2010. He appeared in five games, hitting .222/.263/.222 in 18 at bats. He spent the 2011 season playing for the Staten Island Yankees, where he hit .349/.395/.468 with three home runs, 31 runs batted in and 28 stolen bases in 68 games. After the season he was named the New York–Penn League MVP.
Prior to the 2012 season, Baseball America considered him the Yankees fifth best prospect for the 2012 season. They also ranked him first among prospects in the New York–Penn League. Keith Law had him ranked as the 34th overall prospect in baseball and MLB.com had him at 73.
Williams began the year with Single-A Charleston, where he hit .304/.359/.489 with 8 HR and 19 SB in 69 games before earning a promotion to High-A Tampa. At Tampa, he hit .277/.302/.422 with 3 HR in 22 games before dislocating his left shoulder on July 25. On November 20, 2014, he was placed on the 40–man roster.
Williams' father, Derwin Williams, played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots. His grandfather's brother, Walt Williams, played Major League Baseball from 1964-75 as an outfielder with the Houston Colt .45s, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees.
- Yankees draft pick: West Orange's Mason Williams takes brother under wing
- Name to Watch: Super prospect Mason Williams
- Mason Williams Named Player of the Year
- Baseball America New York Yankees top 2012 prospects
- 2011 New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects
- Law's Top 100: Manny B. is No. 23, Williams No. 34
- 2012 MLB.com top 100 prospects
- Mearns, Andrew (August 3, 2012). "Yankees Top 10 Prospect Mason Williams Out for Season with Shoulder Surgery". Pinstripe Alley.
- "Yankees add four players to major league roster, sell rights of INF Wheeler to Rakuten Golden Eagles". YES Network. November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
- Sweeny: Meet Mason Williams, The Yankees’ Top Prospect
- Career statistics and player information from ESPN, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)