Mason Williams
Mason Williams
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Mason Williams in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in November of 2017.
Rips homer in lone at-bat
OFCincinnati Reds
September 7, 2018
Williams hit his second home run of the season Thursday, a seventh inning pinch-hit solo shot in a loss to the Padres.
Williams has played sparingly, but he has made the most of his appearances, getting hits in his last three at-bats and hitting .301 overall on the season. He has also seen at least one at-bat in 11 straight games, but the majority of them have been pinch-hitting appearances as he's only seen three starts over that span. Williams remains a bench bat with limited upside and should only be looked at in deeper leagues.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .540 33 2 0 1 0 .226 .250 .290
Since 2016vs Right .745 122 15 2 8 3 .307 .342 .404
2018vs Left .541 19 0 0 0 0 .222 .263 .278
2018vs Right .781 90 10 2 6 1 .310 .341 .440
2017vs Left .400 5 1 0 1 0 .200 .200 .200
2017vs Right .606 12 2 0 0 2 .273 .333 .273
2016vs Left .625 9 1 0 0 0 .250 .250 .375
2016vs Right .666 20 3 0 2 0 .316 .350 .316
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Since 2016Home .647 68 8 2 4 3 .266 .288 .359
Since 2016Away .744 87 9 0 5 0 .309 .349 .395
2018Home .719 54 7 2 4 1 .294 .308 .412
2018Away .757 55 3 0 2 0 .294 .345 .412
2017Home .661 8 1 0 0 2 .286 .375 .286
2017Away .444 9 2 0 1 0 .222 .222 .222
2016Home .000 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away .838 23 4 0 2 0 .381 .409 .429
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Williams underwent shoulder surgery in August of 2015, and the ailment sidelined him for the first half of the 2016 season as well. Once he returned, the 25-year-old didn't show much rust and hit .296 in 31 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before ending the year with a callup in mid-September for the final three weeks of the season. Despite hitting for average, Williams has seen the speed element of his game all but disappear, as he attempted just two steals across both levels. The bigger problem for Williams though is that while he's been injured and failed to live up to his once-lofty expectations, several other outfield prospects within the organization have emerged on the major league roster. As a result, Williams will likely have to fight for a reserve outfield spot in spring training and could see the majority of his season take place back at the Triple-A level.
2014 was a disappointing campaign for the once highly touted prospect, as he hit just .223 at Double-A, furthering the belief that the 24-year-old would never live up to his potential. Williams was able to quiet some of the naysayers in 2015, though. After slashing .317/.407/.375 with 11 steals with Double-A Trenton, Williams earned his first promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he then got his first call up to the big leagues by hitting .321/.382/.432. The outfielder suffered a shoulder injury in June that ended up costing him the remainder of the season, but after being viewed as a prospect with plus speed and defense, he was finally able to consistently hit for average in 2015. The problem now for the 24-year-old is that he hasn't really been major league tested – playing in just eight games before the injury – and is blocked at all three outfield spots on the big league roster, so he'll likely start the year as a fourth outfield option or back in the minors.
Perhaps only Bubba Starling can match Williams’ fall from grace in recent years among outfield prospects. As a 22-year-old, Williams spent all of 2014 at Double-A Trenton, and slashed just .223/.290/.304 with five home runs and 21 steals in 563 plate appearances. His numbers ticked up to .259/.308/.367 in the second half of the season, but even that level of production leaves a lot to be desired from someone with his tools. The simple fact is Williams is no closer to being an everyday player in New York than he was prior to the 2014 season. If Williams’ name still carries some value in a deeper dynasty league, a trade would be the optimal route to go, but in shallower formats, it is time to move on.
Williams' prospect status lost a good bit of its luster in 2013, thanks to mediocre on-field performances (he hit just .261 in High-A, and only .153 in a 72 at-bat sample in Double-A) and to off-field troubles, capped by a DUI arrest. The 22-year-old Williams has excellent speed, but is a poor basestealer, consistently being caught approximately 40 percent of the time throughout his minor league career. He also doesn't show great hitting mechanics, as he tends to shift his weight forward too early, which can sap his power potential. Williams can be an elite defender in center field, and he still has the tools that scouts get excited about, but he needs to take a step forward in his return to Trenton in 2014 to regain the hype.
Williams is a toolsy center fielder who moved up a lot of prospect lists this past season, despite having his season cut short by a shoulder injury in August. Williams has excellent speed and good baserunning instincts, and has the bat speed to develop more power as he fills out. Williams is expected to make a full recovery from his shoulder surgery well before spring training, and if he doesn't hit too many developmental roadblocks he should be the Yankees' center fielder by 2015 or so. He profiles as a potential star center fielder expected to hit for average, while offering excellent speed and decent power.
Williams, 20, had a really impressive year with short-season Staten Island in 2011, batting .349 with an .863 OPS, and stealing 28 bases in 68 games.Williams has all the tools you want in a center fielder; the speed is obvious from the stolen-base numbers, the hit tool is legitimate, and he appears to take good routes in the field and play the position very well. While he hit just three homers, his .468 slugging percentage isn't awful. Williams will never be any kind of power threat, but he shouldn't be overpowered by more advanced pitching either. He's a prospect to watch in dynasty leagues, and could see the majors by 2014.
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No outfield rotation
OFCincinnati Reds
August 26, 2018
Williams stands to lose even more playing time now that Scott Schebler is off the DL, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Losing work to Ervin
OFCincinnati Reds
August 19, 2018
Williams is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
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Drives in lone run vs. Washington
OFCincinnati Reds
August 5, 2018
Williams went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.
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Three hits in nightcap against Nats
OFCincinnati Reds
August 4, 2018
Williams went 3-for-4 with two doubles in a 6-2 loss to the Nationals during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
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Draws third consecutive start
OFCincinnati Reds
July 29, 2018
Williams will start in center field and bat fifth Sunday against the Phillies, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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