September call ups are upon us, and the player with potentially the most to prove is Mason Williams. Mason Williams was once regarded as one of the very best prospects in the Yankee organization. He was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Yankees in 2010. He had a stellar first professional season. Williams would bat .349 in A ball that season and steal 28 bases. He followed that season up with a promotion in the following season where he batted .298 while stealing 33 bases. Williams has always been highly regarded as one of the best defensive outfielders in the minors.
After a few seasons plagued by injuries Williams came back with a strong showing in the 2015 season. He batted .318 in the minors that season. That prompted his promotion after his friend Slade Heathcott had been hurt at the major league level. Williams debuted on June 12, 2015 and played very well with the Yankees. He played eight games and maintained a solid .286 batting average, and even hit a home run; however, sliding back into first he injured himself and was forced to come out of the game. Williams would not return for the rest of the season.
Williams just got back from the injury he sustained last season and has now played in 39 games. Over that 39 game stretch Williams has batted .303, and has gotten better as he has gotten more reps. He is batting .328 over the month of August. After the trade of Ben Gamel yesterday, and the injury of Aaron Hicks. Mason Williams looks like a no brainer for a September call; of course, he will come along with his fellow teammate Rob Refsnyder.
Earlier in this month it looked like Williams future with the Yankees was very uncertain. They have an impending forty-man roster situation that makes anyone expendable that is not a Major League talent. Now, with Gamel getting traded, and Aaron Hicks going down with an injury Williams figures to get some reps this September. He is fighting to show the Yankees why they should keep him on the forty-man roster. With an outfield that is filled with depth Williams will have to show the Yankees his worth this September. Who knows maybe the Yankees can even catch a little lightning in a bottle, and a spark that could help them down the stretch.
What Can We Expect From Williams This September?
You should expect to see 25-year-old Mason Williams be used as a late inning defensive replacement, and as a guy who can potentially steal a base for you. Williams will have no problem tracking down balls in the outfield, and his arm isn’t too bad either! With the injury to Aaron Hicks there is a good chance that we will see him even make a few appearances in the starting line-up. He has earned his right for a call up this season and another look from the Yankees as he auditions for his right to stay with the Yankees into 2017.
Smile Yankees fans the best time of the season is upon us! Be sure to keep checking the site as we have a piece coming out later today on the Yankees playoff push!