Williams Starting To Turn Things Around

TRENTON, NJ - Mason Williams has had a rough go of it for while now. He had left shoulder surgery prior to last season and has had a difficult time getting back on track ever since. Midway through the 2014 season, Williams has fully recovered from the injury. Now that he is healthy again, he has started to show some signs of being the player the Yankees believed they had drafted back in 2010.

In July 2013, he dislocated his left shoulder which then later required surgery. Following the surgery, his difficulties in the batter's box became even more prevalent.

Last year in his first season with the Thunder, Williams struggled mightily at the plate. In only 17 games in Trenton, his batting average was a mere .153.

Lack of confidence was a huge factor for Williams after the injury. He admitted that it was tough for him to gain any sort of rhythm in the first couple of months back on the field.

"Earlier in the season, I felt like my confidence was not where I wanted it to be," said Williams. "I was pressing a bit and was anxious to do well instead of letting the game come to me."

The pressing leaked into this season too. He hit just .203 through his first 48 games.

Trenton Manager Tony Franklin was well aware of Williams' problems at the plate. He understands that players go through tough stretches and they have to learn how to bounce back from setbacks.

"Early on nothing was going right for him out there, but that happens sometimes," Franklin said. "We play 144 games to see if we can get things right and I feel that Mason is starting to do some good things."

Franklin believes that Williams has had a solid approach, even though the offensive numbers have not necessarily been there. He feels that Williams, who is second on the team in walks [30], needs to get a better understanding of what he should be trying to do when he steps into the batter's box.

"Like most young guys, hits are very important to them and they are unwilling to trade hits for good at-bats," said Franklin. "If he can get more understanding of what it is like to be a better player and to become a better hitter, then things will start to come together and I think Mason is starting to do that."

Franklin pointed out that he is looking for guys who try to work the count and try to find their pitch when they step up to the plate. Williams has been trying to do this more frequently, but he has run into some bad luck which has caused many of his at-the-plate difficulties.

"He has been trying to get into some favorable counts and grind out some at-bats, but I do not think he has gotten the benefit of doing so," said Franklin. "Consequently after a while, you start wondering whether or not you are going to get a break so you start expanding the strike zone and swinging at pitches out of the zone."

As of late, Williams has really taken the wise words of Franklin into consideration and has played at a much higher level. In recent weeks, he has seen his average start to climb and has been getting hits on a more regular basis.

"I am basically still doing the things I was doing earlier in the season," Williams said. "But now I am really starting to trust my work and trusting that I would get everything turned around and have more success."

Williams, who is hitting .273 in the month of June, has contributed much of his recent success to what he learned in Spring Training this year. He mentioned that he was surrounded by plenty of high-caliber players and was able to make the most of it.

"I felt like Spring Training was a great experience as there was a bunch of good players to look after," Williams said. "I worked hard and kept my mouth shut and just tried to learn while I was there."

In addition to him learning from the star players in the big leagues, he has been putting in the extra time with hitting Coach Marcus Thames. Thames too believes that Williams' has a solid approach at the plate, which is allowing him to develop into a more successful player lately.

"I like the way he goes into the batter's box and tries to win pitches," Thames said. "If one pitch goes by him and he misses it, he has the mindset that the pitch is behind him and he has to win the next pitch."

Thames truly believes that the talent is there for Williams, but he has to want to go out on a daily basis and continue to better himself in all facets of the game.

"He has the tools but he has to believe in himself and trust his abilities," Thames said. "I think the ceiling is high for him but he's got to want to do it and keep putting out the hard work and he will head in the right direction."

Both Franklin and Thames believe that consistency is the key for Williams to succeed in this game. If he keeps applying everything he has learned each night he steps on the field, his talent will continue to emerge.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nIn July 2013, he dislocated his left shoulder which then later required surgery. Following the surgery, his difficulties in the batter's box became even more prevalent.
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\r\nLast year in his first season with the Thunder, Williams struggled mightily at the plate. In only 17 games in Trenton, his batting average was a mere .153.
\r\n
\r\nLack of confidence was a huge factor for Williams after the injury. He admitted that it was tough for him to gain any sort of rhythm in the first couple of months back on the field.
\r\n
\r\n\"Earlier in the season, I felt like my confidence was not where I wanted it to be,\" said Williams. \"I was pressing a bit and was anxious to do well instead of letting the game come to me.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe pressing leaked into this season too. He hit just .203 through his first 48 games.
\r\n
\r\nTrenton Manager Tony Franklin was well aware of Williams' problems at the plate. He understands that players go through tough stretches and they have to learn how to bounce back from setbacks.
\r\n
\r\n\"Early on nothing was going right for him out there, but that happens sometimes,\" Franklin said. \"We play 144 games to see if we can get things right and I feel that Mason is starting to do some good things.\"
\r\n
\r\nFranklin believes that Williams has had a solid approach, even though the offensive numbers have not necessarily been there. He feels that Williams, who is second on the team in walks [30], needs to get a better understanding of what he should be trying to do when he steps into the batter's box.
\r\n
\r\n\"Like most young guys, hits are very important to them and they are unwilling to trade hits for good at-bats,\" said Franklin. \"If he can get more understanding of what it is like to be a better player and to become a better hitter, then things will start to come together and I think Mason is starting to do that.\"
\r\n
\r\nFranklin pointed out that he is looking for guys who try to work the count and try to find their pitch when they step up to the plate. Williams has been trying to do this more frequently, but he has run into some bad luck which has caused many of his at-the-plate difficulties.
\r\n
\r\n\"He has been trying to get into some favorable counts and grind out some at-bats, but I do not think he has gotten the benefit of doing so,\" said Franklin. \"Consequently after a while, you start wondering whether or not you are going to get a break so you start expanding the strike zone and swinging at pitches out of the zone.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs of late, Williams has really taken the wise words of Franklin into consideration and has played at a much higher level. In recent weeks, he has seen his average start to climb and has been getting hits on a more regular basis.
\r\n
\r\n\"I am basically still doing the things I was doing earlier in the season,\" Williams said. \"But now I am really starting to trust my work and trusting that I would get everything turned around and have more success.\"
\r\n
\r\nWilliams, who is hitting .273 in the month of June, has contributed much of his recent success to what he learned in Spring Training this year. He mentioned that he was surrounded by plenty of high-caliber players and was able to make the most of it.
\r\n
\r\n\"I felt like Spring Training was a great experience as there was a bunch of good players to look after,\" Williams said. \"I worked hard and kept my mouth shut and just tried to learn while I was there.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn addition to him learning from the star players in the big leagues, he has been putting in the extra time with hitting Coach Marcus Thames. Thames too believes that Williams' has a solid approach at the plate, which is allowing him to develop into a more successful player lately.
\r\n
\r\n\"I like the way he goes into the batter's box and tries to win pitches,\" Thames said. \"If one pitch goes by him and he misses it, he has the mindset that the pitch is behind him and he has to win the next pitch.\"
\r\n
\r\nThames truly believes that the talent is there for Williams, but he has to want to go out on a daily basis and continue to better himself in all facets of the game.
\r\n
\r\n\"He has the tools but he has to believe in himself and trust his abilities,\" Thames said. \"I think the ceiling is high for him but he's got to want to do it and keep putting out the hard work and he will head in the right direction.\"
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\r\nBoth Franklin and Thames believe that consistency is the key for Williams to succeed in this game. If he keeps applying everything he has learned each night he steps on the field, his talent will continue to emerge.
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