Everyone knows that the New York Yankees have one of the most depleted farm systems in all of baseball. A telling factor of that is the way ownership allowed GM Brian Cashman to spend this offseason. The amount of injuries and losses to the pitching rotation from last year cannot be compensated by the prospects the Yankees have.
So where does that leave one of the Yankees’ top outfield prospects, Mason Williams? If anything, New York should have packaged a deal together to acquire Brandon Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds when it had the chance. However, Williams will be waiting behind a line of big contracts to get a shot to start at the major-league level. Williams is only 22 and by the time someone in front of him retires, it maybe time for him to get called up.
Williams hit .261/.327/.350 with 24 doubles and 28 RBIs across two levels of the minors last year. He does not seem like a power hitter rather than an on-base machine. He also showed a little bit of speed in the minors with 15 stolen bases in 2013 and 20 in 2012.
There is still time for Williams to become a good player. His defense is good, but his power could improve a little bit even though he will never be a guy to hit 30-plus home runs in a season.
February and March is a good chance for Williams to showcase his skills next to some of his teammates Tyler Austin and Adonis Garcia.