The Yankees spent the 145th overall pick on Mason Williams.
Follow the jump for his pre-draft profile.
Mason Williams Position: SS School: West Orange HS State: FL Height: 6’1’’ Weight: 150
Bats: R Throws: R Birth Date: 8/21/91 Seiler Rating: 1C2 Commitment: South Carolina
Mason Williams is a speedy high school outfielder from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida. Williams has long been known for his athleticism in this class, but he’s ended up stringing together such a great senior season that he’s seen as a prospect that brings multiple tools and skills to the table. He’s part of a group of high school hitters in the southeast that has really risen up draft boards over the last two months, and with a projected position switch, he should be a very high pick. Not all scouts want to move him off center field for his range there, but there is enough upside in a switch to seriously consider it. He’s projected as a potential starting shortstop at the Major League level if he does indeed switch positions, and that’s a pretty rare find in this class full of shortstops expected to move elsewhere. At the plate, he’s an above-average hitter with great barrel instincts that makes hard contact, and it’s possible that he could be a plus hitter with time. He has well below-average power, but he’s so skinny that he could develop at least slightly below-average power with time, sitting at 7-10 home runs a year. He’s a plus runner, too, so that makes him a serious offensive threat. Defensively, he profiles to be a solid-average defender with a solid-average arm, making him a good prospect worthy of sticking at the position. He’s expected to go somewhere from the second to fourth rounds, and he should sign in that range.