Q&A with Yanks 4th Round Pick Mason Williams

We sat down with Yankees' fourth round pick, Mason Williams, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the centerfielder from West Orange High School in Florida says is his strongest tool, his favorite player and how he'll fit into the Yankees organization, and more!

PinstripesPlus.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Yankees?

Mason Williams: I mean, it feels great. I was a Red Sox fan growing up, but I can see myself playing for the Yankees. You know, as a baseball player you always dream of getting drafted, and this is definitely a dream come true.

PinstripesPlus.com: So let's talk about your game a little bit, what are your strengths and your weaknesses in your offensive game?

Williams: Well one of my biggest strengths is bunting, I'm a great bunter and I'm quick on the base paths. Another one of my strengths is that I don't strike out, I always put the ball in play. One of my weaknesses is definitely power, I'm not going to go out there and hit home runs.

PinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?

Williams: I really have no weaknesses in my defensive game. I have a plus arm, plus speed, and plus range. I think it's the best part of my all-around game.

PinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level?

Williams: I think I compare to a Curtis Granderson probably.

PinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?

Williams: I was a little surprised, but I had been talking to them a little bit, but either way it feels great.

PinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying in centerfield, or moving around to other outfield positions, or maybe even seeing time in the infield?

Williams: Yeah, they said they like me in the outfield, but there's also a possibility they wanted to try me at shortstop. I don't know about that, but we'll see.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Williams: Definitely last summer winning the national championship with my summer league team the Midland Redskins down in New Mexico.

PinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Are you going to sign right away, or are you going to go along with your commitment to South Carolina?

Williams: Well I can tell you I plan on going back and playing with Midland this summer, but I can't really tell you 100% when and if I'm going to sign.

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\r\nMason Williams: I mean, it feels great. I was a Red Sox fan growing up, but I can see myself playing for the Yankees. You know, as a baseball player you always dream of getting drafted, and this is definitely a dream come true.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: So let's talk about your game a little bit, what are your strengths and your weaknesses in your offensive game?
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\r\nWilliams: Well one of my biggest strengths is bunting, I'm a great bunter and I'm quick on the base paths. Another one of my strengths is that I don't strike out, I always put the ball in play. One of my weaknesses is definitely power, I'm not going to go out there and hit home runs.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: How about your defensive game?
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\r\nWilliams: I really have no weaknesses in my defensive game. I have a plus arm, plus speed, and plus range. I think it's the best part of my all-around game.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level?
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\r\nWilliams: I think I compare to a Curtis Granderson probably.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
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\r\nWilliams: I was a little surprised, but I had been talking to them a little bit, but either way it feels great.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Do you see yourself staying in centerfield, or moving around to other outfield positions, or maybe even seeing time in the infield?
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\r\nWilliams: Yeah, they said they like me in the outfield, but there's also a possibility they wanted to try me at shortstop. I don't know about that, but we'll see.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nWilliams: Definitely last summer winning the national championship with my summer league team the Midland Redskins down in New Mexico.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees? Are you going to sign right away, or are you going to go along with your commitment to South Carolina?
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\r\nWilliams: Well I can tell you I plan on going back and playing with Midland this summer, but I can't really tell you 100% when and if I'm going to sign.
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