Respectable names like Alfonso Soriano, Austin Jackson, Melky Cabrera, and Brett Gardner all came up through the Yankees hardly-mentioned farm system.
The team’s top prospect right now is outfielder Mason Williams. The 21-year-old is one of the purest hitters to come out of the minors in a long time. He swings a very level bat through the strike zone and the center fielder has amazing bat speed. Williams has hit well over .300 in the last two seasons, and the kid can certainly hit for average in the majors one day.
Williams has above average speed on the base path as well. He has stolen 49 bases throughout his minor league career and will be another speedster for the Yanks to utilize. He can easily top out at around 30-40 stolen bases per year.
Current center fielder, Curtis Granderson, will become a free agent at the end of the 2013 season, and all indications are that the Yankees will not be bringing him back. On top of Williams, the Yankees also have outfield prospects Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin, so the team is simply too loaded to keep the expensive veteran. Expect Granderson to be playing somewhere other than the Bronx in 2014.
Williams can mature into an amazing fantasy outfielder for the Pinstripes. He has the potential to hit 20-plus homers and consistently be among the league leaders in steals. All he needs is a chance, and it looks like he will get one in 2014.