Yankees calling up outfield prospect Mason Williams for MLB debut

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are calling up 23-year-old outfield prospect Mason Williams for his MLB debut.

Williams appeared on most top-100 prospect lists in 2012, 2013, and 2014, but his stock dropped a lot following a rough season at Double-A last year. However, he’s bounced back in a big way this year by hitting .318 with more walks (27) than strikeouts (23) and a .795 OPS in 54 games between Double-A and Triple-A.

Williams has primarily been a center fielder in the minors, so his presence could allow the Yankees to shift Brett Gardner back to left field in Jacoby Ellsbury’s absence. Or they could use the speedy, left-handed-hitting Williams all over the outfield as needed.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.