Williams Springing Forward

Williams can feel the momentum building

CHARLESTON, SC - Mason Williams could not be anymore excited for his upcoming season with the Charleston RiverDogs. Coming into the season as the #3 Yankee prospect, Williams is carrying serious momentum from this Spring into the regular season.

"I feel like my Spring Training went well. I definitely worked on a few things regarding defense, to offense, and even base running. I feel like a gained a lot of knowledge over Spring Training and I'm ready to take on a full season."

Williams was called on to play in a couple big league games this Spring, and he feels he made the most out of his opportunity.

"It was overall a great experience and I loved every second of it. It gave me some adrenaline and motivation to work harder. I hit 2-4 in those games, so I can't be mad about hitting .500 in my big league appearances."

RiverDogs' head coach Carlos Mendoza is very impressed with Williams' talents and is certain he will have a great season, while still becoming a better ball player.

"[Williams] is one of the most exciting players you are going to see on this team. He can fly into bases and you are going to see him make some great plays in center field. He is going to be the lead off hitter and he will be fun to watch. He is a guy that can run, hit, hit for power, play defense. This kid is very special.

"He just needs to keep working hard.This is the first time some of these guys will be going through a long season and they're going to have to do it everyday. That's something that Mason is learning, and he's going to do it -- come to the park everyday ready to play."

Williams is aware of all the specific things he could do to make his game better and is consciously taking strides toward improvement.

"I've definitely gotten better at first step jumps in the outfield. I want to have a more explosive first step this season. I've also gotten better at reading pitchers and stealing bags. And at the plate, I'm working on using more of my legs so I can drive balls harder rather than just slapping balls over the shortstop.

"This season I am focused on being an overall smarter baseball player. I want to come out each game and learn something. I am ready to play with all the great guys that we have. I've been with most of them since the day I was drafted and I feel like camaraderie on this team is unreal."

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