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Mason Williams

Born: 08/21/1991 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: RF
Frame is on the skinny side but not wiry; muscular and athletic; likely a maxed frame.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 08/18/2014
Dates Seen 8/15/2014 - 8/17/2014
Affiliate Trenton Thunder (AA, Yankees)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2016 High 30 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 20 Lost at the plate; has no plan at all; approach is poor; constantly behind in counts; swinging at pitches outside the zone and getting tied up on pitches grooved in the middle of the plate; swing is all over the place; loopy swing; too much noise in back shoulder and wrists; drops his back shoulder often; getting under the ball at times and not driving the pitch; plus bat speed; feet are messy; shuffling too much and unbalanced; collapses entire backside and weight shifts to front foot; really struggles to make consistent contact even in batting practice; overwhelmed at Double-AA; struggles with break; struggles with high velocity; cannot identify sufficient break.
Power 30 Minimal power; does not barrel the ball enough to have impact power; average raw power but will never see it play in-game; swing is not conducive for power; quick bat but too much noise to drive the ball.
Baserunning/Speed 55 4.19 home to first; good agility; decent second gear but not great; he likely has plus speed but I did not see it due to lack of hustle.
Glove 60 One viewing in each from CF and RF; displayed quick bursts and agility from both positions; routes were mediocre; looked uncomfortable playing RF and botched a running play towards the corner; much better the next night in CF; good first jump; looks to struggle on balls hit directly at him; overall is plus in OF due to athleticism and good agility; covers a lot of ground; able to make up for most of his judgment mistakes.
Arm 40 Not much on his throws; fringe-average arm strength; throws can become lofted and lack burst; does not set his feet at times and struggles with accuracy.

Williams showed nothing in my viewing. His bat was extremely inconsistent and he failed to produce the same swing throughout an entire series. The defense is not going to carry him through the minors.

The most concerning part about Williams' game was the effort. I did not get the impression that he cared, and it often felt like he had already lost or failed before he stepped up to bat. The makeup issues are real, and he may be feeling the stress of a disastrous season. Williams is a project at this point, and one that is likely never finished. There are too many gaps and inconsistencies in his game for him to provide any value at the highest level.

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