Williams Using Instructs Wisely

Mason Williams just finished his first Instructional League camp last week and he's preparing for his second one down in the Dominican Republic next week. He says he is using these two camps to hone a few different aspects of his game and he believes he is learning a lot so far.

"It went really well for me actually," Mason Williams said of Instructs. "I did really good. I learned a lot about plate discipline.

"I went down there to work on that and that's what we worked on most of mini-camp. My number one goal for mini-camp was to get my plate discipline better."

Seeing more pitches wasn't his only goal, however. He also worked on his bunting and even changed his hitting mechanics somewhat as well.

"We kind of changed the [batting] stance too," he added. "Before I kind of had an opened stance and now I'm more squared up to the ball, and I feel like I see the ball longer and a lot better."

Flashing the baseball version of the inside-outside game, hitting home runs and dropping bunts down all in the same game, it sure seems like he took to the changes very well and had some quick results.

"They weren't quick results but I definitely know the results were there and my production got a lot better," he said.

"I've always been a good bunter but I think the Yankees have helped me become a better placement bunter. I don't have to run out of the box before I bunt the ball because I'm fast enough that I could put a good sacrifice [bunt] down and still beat it out."

He hasn't just worked on the physical parts of the game though. Using his time wisely, the first-year player has been trying to learn the mental aspects of the game, even trying to get some advice from players like Slade Heathcott.

"I've been trying to take care of what I need to do," Williams said. "I'm trying to learn the mental part of baseball. I'm not necessarily worried about skills or talent, I'm focused on trying to learn things about the game while I'm off the field so I know what I need to handle on the field.

"I spoke to Slade. We talked about driving the ball with more back-spin and getting through balls, and not having that loopy, long swing."

Like a proverbial sponge, Williams used his Instructional League time down in Tampa to work on a few different things and pick the brains of whoever he could, and he says it will be more of the same once he goes down to the Dominican Republic next week.

"It's been really fun. I've learned a lot so far and it's been great. I feel like I've learned a lot but at the same time I know I have a lot more to go in this game.

"I'm looking forward to the Dominican [Instructs] because I've never been out of the country. There are going to be some new things and some new challenges that I'm going to see.

"I'm going to be working on the same things there that I was working on at the other mini-camp and I'll continue to do that until we move on to something else."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It went really well for me actually,\" Mason Williams said of Instructs. \"I did really good. I learned a lot about plate discipline.
\r\n
\r\n\"I went down there to work on that and that's what we worked on most of mini-camp. My number one goal for mini-camp was to get my plate discipline better.\"
\r\n
\r\nSeeing more pitches wasn't his only goal, however. He also worked on his bunting and even changed his hitting mechanics somewhat as well.
\r\n
\r\n\"We kind of changed the [batting] stance too,\" he added. \"Before I kind of had an opened stance and now I'm more squared up to the ball, and I feel like I see the ball longer and a lot better.\"
\r\n
\r\nFlashing the baseball version of the inside-outside game, hitting home runs and dropping bunts down all in the same game, it sure seems like he took to the changes very well and had some quick results.
\r\n
\r\n\"They weren't quick results but I definitely know the results were there and my production got a lot better,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've always been a good bunter but I think the Yankees have helped me become a better placement bunter. I don't have to run out of the box before I bunt the ball because I'm fast enough that I could put a good sacrifice [bunt] down and still beat it out.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe hasn't just worked on the physical parts of the game though. Using his time wisely, the first-year player has been trying to learn the mental aspects of the game, even trying to get some advice from players like Slade Heathcott.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've been trying to take care of what I need to do,\" Williams said. \"I'm trying to learn the mental part of baseball. I'm not necessarily worried about skills or talent, I'm focused on trying to learn things about the game while I'm off the field so I know what I need to handle on the field.
\r\n
\r\n\"I spoke to Slade. We talked about driving the ball with more back-spin and getting through balls, and not having that loopy, long swing.\"
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\r\nLike a proverbial sponge, Williams used his Instructional League time down in Tampa to work on a few different things and pick the brains of whoever he could, and he says it will be more of the same once he goes down to the Dominican Republic next week.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's been really fun. I've learned a lot so far and it's been great. I feel like I've learned a lot but at the same time I know I have a lot more to go in this game.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm looking forward to the Dominican [Instructs] because I've never been out of the country. There are going to be some new things and some new challenges that I'm going to see.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm going to be working on the same things there that I was working on at the other mini-camp and I'll continue to do that until we move on to something else.\"
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