UPDATE – 12:28 p.m. ET: Chris Martin has been called up by the Yankees as well from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Martin was previously with the Yankees as a reliever earlier this season as he posted a 3.55 ERA over 15 relief appearances. This move coincides with Andrew Miller going on the DL and the Yankees now needing bullpen depth with Dellin Betances needing to be the closer.
With the New York Yankees having undergone a tremendous amount of injuries to their outfield, specifically – Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Slade Heatchott – rotation has been a common theme in the Bronx. The latest outfield prospect is now set to make his debut, donning the pinstripes of New York in Mason Williams.
Mason Williams, 23, has been in the Yankees organization since 2010 and has been a consistent force at the plate for many of New York’s minor league affiliates over that time. Producing a slash line of .272/.322/.379 over his six seasons with the Yankees, Mason has been able to make a statement and it was only a matter of time before he was called up.
This season, playing most recently in Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Williams has shone, producing a .321 batting average, a .382 on base percentage, as well as 11 RBIs over 20 games.
Williams is capable of playing all three outfield positions, but has also made appearances at the designated hitter position over the course of his career. While he can play anywhere in the outfield, he is most adept in center field where has posted a .990 fielding percentage over 407 games.
With the Yankees currently having Chris Young, Brett Gardner, Garrett Jones, Ramon Flores and Carlos Beltran available in the outfield, Williams’ chances might be a rare commodity, but his first taste of the major leagues will be good for his growth as a prospect.
After splitting a two game series against the the Washington Nationals, the Yankees now head to Baltimore to face off against the Orioles in a three game series in which Williams will likely make his debut.