Mason Williams is making the move back to the big leagues.
Williams was called up to the New York Mets on Sunday, after making a big impression during his time with Triple-A Syracuse.
When he was promoted, the 29-year-old batted .383 with a .474 on-base percentage while slugging .574. He finished his stint with Syracuse with an exclamation point, crushing a grand slam as part of a 3-for-3 night that extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Mets Triple-A prospect Mason Williams continues to impress with a grand slam to right to give Syracuse an 8-1 lead.
— Cam Adams (@byCamAdams) May 29, 2021
The Mets have to be hoping that Williams can do something to help jump-start the team’s anemic offense. He will likely step in for Cameron Maybin. Maybin is 1-for-28 since debuting with New York on May 19.
Williams has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, coming up with the New York Yankees in 2015, where he homered in his first game.
He was a highly-touted prospect in New York’s farm system, but he struggled with his confidence and with injury.
He tore up his shoulder just a week into his rookie campaign while sliding back on a pickoff attempt. Surgery followed and he’s never quite been able to get back to where he was.
Since then he’s played in only 97 games for New York, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Baltimore Orioles.
Williams got his longest look with Cincinnati, appearing in 51 games during the 2018 season. He carried a solid .293 average over 123 at-bats, with eight of his 36 hits going for extra bases.
He homered in his first start for the Reds as well.
In his 235 career at-bats, Williams has shown the ability to make solid contact, though he’s struck out far too often.
His tremendous athleticism and defensive ability have kept him close to the big leagues, and the Mets were happy to take a chance on him.
Luis Rojas on recent minor league signing Mason Williams, who's batting .333/.415/.472 at AAA:
"I asked about him because I've known Mason for a few years now." But Williams isn't on the Mets' 40-man, which is an issue.
Rojas added: "I've always been a big fan of that kid."
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 27, 2021
Mason Williams will likely be given a real opportunity to earn a regular job in the injury-ravaged and underachieving Mets outfield. There won’t be many opportunities like this one for a player with all of the requisite tools and talent.
Perhaps Williams can become an unlikely hero that keeps the Mets afloat and in first place in the NL East until the team finds some semblance of health.
Mets fans are desperate for some hope.
Could it be Mason Williams to the rescue?