The Yankees need an injection of youth into their aging roster, and Williams can provide that soon enough. The fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft, Williams excelled in his first full professional season with Single-A Staten Island in 2011, hitting .349 with three home runs and 28 stolen bases in 269 at-bats. Last year at two more Single-A stops, he hit a combined .298 with 11 long balls and 20 thefts in 359 at-bats.
Williams, despite his smallish 6-foot, 150-pound frame, boasts surprising strength and bat speed at the dish. His quick lumber often finds contact and barrels up the baseball, but he lacks fence-clearing power. Baseball Prospect Nation projects Williams to max out at low double-digit homers as his ceiling in the big leagues. What he lacks in big-fly power, Williams makes up for in dazzling athleticism, speed and balance.
New York's current stable of outfielders own similar traits to Williams, but they won't be in the picture much longer. Because of the Yankees' current financial restraints, Williams will be a perfect fit in their outfield, possibly as soon as the 2015 season. His ability to hit for a high average and stolen base prowess could set him apart as a valuable asset up the middle, especially if he adds strength as his body matures. The flip side would be if he can't translate his excellent contact and line-drive rates to the next level, which would severely limit his profile.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program. Follow @keithdez27
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