Williams Turning It Up A Notch

Williams is hitting .354 in June with 5 home runs

CHARLESTON, SC - Mason Williams has proven all season long that he is one of the top prospects in the game. However, he has really turned it up a notch or two lately. In the past six games, the RiverDogs centerfielder has hit three lead-off home runs and four round-trippers overall during that time, continuing his offensive dominance.

"Before he was just focused on putting the ball in play. Now, we have him focused on driving that ball by getting his body more involved," hitting coach Greg Colbrunn said. "And he's done a real good job of that in the last couple of weeks."

Williams entered Tuesday night with a blistering ten previous games, hitting .341 with 15 hits, in addition to those lead-off homers. Williams was also one of the many RiverDogs named to the All-Star team — an experience he says he'll never forget.

"It was awesome — especially coming out and playing with so many other guys from the team alongside me," the 6-foot centerfielder said. "Playing here in Charleston was awesome because we had a lot of fan support. I had a blast."

"Being named to the All-Star team helped him a lot," manager Carlos Mendoza said. "When a player works hard everyday, it is nice for them to recognized and rewarded. I think it was great news for Mason because he didn't make it at first, but then he got it and he was very happy — almost like a little kid."

"I feel like hard work has really gotten me to this point," Williams added. "I'm always practicing whether I'm in the cage or shagging balls in the outfield. I feel like the little things are starting to pay off."

The coaches are not surprised by the Winter Garden, Fl native's performance on the field, and just can't wait to see what he will do next.

"Since the beginning of the season, Mason has gotten a lot better," Colbrunn said. "He's playing the game the right way. He's doing a lot of good things on the field right now and it's been fun to watch."

"Overall, I've been very impressed," Mendoza added. "Coming into this season, everyone knew what kind of player he was. But just watching him play on a daily basis is fun to watch. This is a guy who can help a team in so many ways — defensively, offensively, on the bases, laying a bunt down. I'm having a blast having him on the team.

"You can see he's starting to drive the ball a bit more. He's working hard and getting better in all aspects of the game."

As always, Williams knows what he needs to be working on to improve on, and appears to be doing so.

"Driving the ball with my legs is something I've been working on all season," Williams said. "I feel like sometimes I have the tendency to just slap at the ball. But it's all a process and I'm learning from it."

"He's going to go through hot and cold moments, but Mason has good enough hands and good idea of what he needs to do at the plate," Colbrunn said.

"I feel great right now. I'm ready to go," Williams said. "I started off great at the beginning of the season and I plan on using that momentum in the last half of the season. I want us to be able to make a good playoff run."

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