YMLN - Williams Shows Off The Tools

Williams got on base three times on Monday

CLEARWATER, FL - The Yankees were drubbed 12-3 by the Phillies in Instructional League action on Monday, but there were several prospects that did well, including outfielder Mason Williams.

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  • Mason Williams was showing off his power-speed combination on Monday, albeit in a losing effort. He dropped down a perfect bunt down the third base line in his first at-bat for an infield hit and then the left-handed batter laced a triple over the left fielder's head that one-hopped the wall in his second at-bat. He drew a walk in his third plate appearance, promptly stole second base before scoring his lone run of the game. He was quite impressive.

  • Statistically Thomas Kahnle was the most impressive pitcher in the loss, tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit and one walk, but struck out three batters along the way. He was sitting 93-94 mph mostly with his fastball and topped out at 97 mph, and he was noticeably working on his breaking ball.

  • Yankees Starting Lineup: Mason Williams, Cito Culver, Brandon Laird, J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Kelvin De Leon, Yeicok Calderon, Anderson Feliz, Reymond Nunez, and Eladio Moronta.

  • By all reports Kelvin De Leon has been smoking the ball during Instructs thus far and that was certainly the case on Monday. He went 1-3 with a massive solo home run deep over the left-centerfield wall. It went so far that it smacked the side of the building which sits approximately 30 feet behind the fence. Even his two outs were hit hard, two towering fly balls to deep centerfield.

  • Right-hander Gabe Encinas was both extremely impressive and very raw in the same game. Pitching out of the wind-up he looked like a top pitching prospect already, sitting 92-93 mph and showing very good command. However, out of the stretch, he was nearly the polar opposite. His velocity dipped down to 88-90, his command was spotty, and gave up four earned runs in his second inning of work. He pitched 2 2/3 innings in all, striking out five, and while his breaking ball was inconsistent, he did snap off some great looking ones that have plus potential.

  • Not to be outdone by his leadoff hitter, Cito Culver [batting left-handed all day] went to the opposite field in each one of his at-bats. He stung a liner to left field in his first at-bat for a single, grounded out sharply to third in his second at-bat, and then in Williams-like fashion pushed a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line in his third plate appearance for an infield single. He also showed off his plus arm at shortstop with a couple of impressive throws.

  • Six-foot-five lefty Evan Rutckyj had a rough go of it in the game, allowing six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. Sitting mostly 88-89 mph, he threw three wild pitches, walked two, and struck out three. He also served up two huge home runs on the afternoon. However, if there was a silver lining to his outing it was his ability to strike out the very next batter he faced each time he served up a home run. It was very impressive for an 18-year old to have that kind of aggressive approach.

  • It was a bitter sweet day for outfielder Yeicok Calderon. He went 2-3 with absolute laser singles, one to left field and one to center, but he was an absolute adventure in the outfield all game long; several times he spun around a couple of times before making a catch; once he overthrew the cutoff man by about twenty feet and he also had a two-run error when he allowed a pretty routine fly ball to get over his head. His defensive game is a work in progress...and that's putting it nicely.

  • Reliever Connor Mullee has been getting a lot of praise inside the organization ever since he was drafted this year and he showed exactly why on Monday. While the fastball only averaged 90-93 mph on the day, down from his reported 95 mph range during the Gulf Coast League season, his fastball gets a lot of movement and his slider looks like a quality pitch. He did give up a solo home run and a walk in 1 2/3 innings, but no other batter came close to hitting him as he struck out four batters in all. The buzz is certainly warranted.

  • Second baseman Anderson Feliz did not have an official at-bat, drawing two walks in his two plate appearances, and he stole a base as well.

  • Eladio Moronta [1-3, RBI, SB, K], Gary Sanchez [1-3, 2 K's], Reymond Nunez [1-3, RBI, K], and Brandon Laird [1-3, K] all had hits in the loss.

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