Second Look: Williams, Sanchez

Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez are developing well in Tampa

Originally Published: July 27, 2012
By Kiley McDaniel | ESPN Insider
Mason Williams, and Gary Sanchez Getty ImagesMason Williams, left, and Gary Sanchez, right, are two strong prospects for the Yankees.

From now until the end of the season, we'll be giving you an updated report on prospects who appeared on Keith Law's preseason top 100 or midseason top 50 prospect rankings. Today we're taking a "second look" at Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees.

Mason Williams
Position: CF
Level: High Class A Tampa
Age: 20
Law's midseason ranking: 21

The Yankees center field prospect Williams signed for an over-slot $1.45 million bonus out of an Orlando area high school in the 2010 draft. He has raised his profile in pro ball with an emerging all-around tools package and solid performances in Class A Short Season and Class A with a recent promotion to Class A Advanced Tampa. He's had a bit of an adjustment period in his first couple weeks with Tampa, but I also scouted him earlier in the season at Class A Charleston, and Yankees fans have a lot to be excited about.

Being a 20-year-old in Class A Advanced makes Williams among the youngest players in the league and gives his performance a margin for error against competition that is often many years older than he is. Williams has such talent that he needs to be challenged, and he's having some trouble in Tampa while he decides what kind of hitter he wants to be. I've seen Williams driving balls up the middle for stretches, being pull-happy and doing an Ichiro Suzuki impression, trying to slap the ball the other way.