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Mason Williams rewriting prospect story with Yankees

Tampa Yankees outfielder Mason Williams #14 warms up

Tampa Yankees outfielder Mason Williams #14 warms up before a game against the Dunedin Blue Jays on April 11, 2013 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. Dunedin defeated Tampa 3-2 in 11 innings. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images) Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS / Four Seam Images

Outfielder Mason Williams was ranked by Baseball America as the Yankees' No. 1 prospect entering the 2013 season. Entering 2015 he'd dropped to No. 30.

It might be time to redo the re-evaluation.

A resurgent Williams has taken the minors by storm this season, adding another three-hit night to his resume with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre during Monday's 5-3 loss to Pawtucket.

Williams, 23, went 3-for-3 with a double and a stolen base, the latest standout game in a sterling season.

Whether it was the challenge of battling perception or simply a maturing approach, Williams' 2015 has shown why most evaluators had the centerfielder ticketed for the Bronx. He hit .317 with a .407 OBP and 11 stolen bases in 34 games with Double-A Trenton, where he also walked (19) more than he struck out (17).

Then, when Slade Heathcott was called up to the majors in May, Williams was promoted to Triple-A for the first time to fill Heathcott's vacated spot in center. In 11 games, he's batted .340 with a .392 OBP.

Williams has reached base via a hit or walk in all but five games this season and has a hit in 10 of his 11 games at Triple-A. He has 13 multi-hit games in 2015, including four games with three or more hits.

A fourth-round pick in 2010, Williams displayed excellent speed, patience and contact during his first two seasons in the low minors. He hit .349 with a .395 on-base percentage and 28 stolen bases in 2011 and batted .298 with a .346 OBP and 20 stolen bases in 2012. He totaled 14 home runs during the two seasons.

But playing mostly with Trenton in 2013 and 2014, Williams batted just .233 and came dangerously close to falling off the organizational radar. Baseball America cited vanishing power and "inconsistent effort" in Williams' 2015 profile, writing that he appeared "to be no more than a fourth outfielder."

First baseman Kyle Roller was 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk and rightfielder Tyler Austin and shortstop Nick Noonan each doubled for the RailRiders (26-26, 4th place in International League North, 2 games back).

Elsewhere in the minors


(27-24, 3rd place in Eastern League Eastern, 5 games back)

Trenton was off.


(25-26, T-2nd place in Florida State League North, 6 games back)

Third baseman Miguel Andujar was 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk, producing one of just three Tampa hits in a 1-0 loss to Dunedin.


(25-26, T-2nd place in South Atlantic League Southern, 6 games back)

Rightfielder Austin Aune was 2-for-5 and hit a walkoff two-run homer with one out in the 12th inning as the RiverDogs beat Augusta, 4-2.


(2-0, T-1st place in Dominican Summer League Boca Chica South)

Leftfielder Frederick Cuevas and designated hitter Leobaldo Cabrera each homered during an 11-7 win over the Orioles 2.


(1-1, T-2nd place in Dominican Summer League Boca Chica North, 1 game back)

Rightfielder Juan De Leon and designated hitter Brayan Emery each homered during an 8-5 win over the Pirates.


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