Yankees O’Brien and Williams Named To Fall Stars Game
New York Yankees prospects Peter O’Brien and Mason Williams have been named to the Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. The game will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at Surprise Stadium in Surprise Arizona. The game will start at 5 p.m. Arizona time, and will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com.
The Fall Stars Game, formerly known as the Rising Stars Game, is basically a gathering of all the best prospects that major league teams have to offer. Although many teams have hesitated sending their best pitchers in recent years as they have began to take better care of their young arms, leading to what some scouts are calling a very weak pool of talent in Arizona this year. But, either way, to be named to this team is still an honor.
Williams, 21, an outfielder that spent most of his 2013 season playing with the Tampa Yankees in Advanced Class-A before being promoted to Double-A Trenton, is the 36th ranked prospect in baseball. In 100 games while in Tampa, he hit .261 with 3 homeruns and 24 RBIs. With a good amount of speed, he primarily spends most of his time leading off for Tampa in 2013.
O’Brien, 22, is a catcher/third baseman that began his 2013 season Low-A Charleston, hitting .325 with 11 homeruns and 41 RBIs in 58 games before being moved to Tampa where he batted .265 with 11 homeruns an 55 RBIs in 66 games. He showed some of his ability at the plate during the minor league season hitting 22 homeruns, but with prospects Austin Romine, JR Murphy and Gary Sanchez ahead of him, I can’t imagine Yankees fans seeing him near the big leagues anytime soon.
Everyone is always talking about how the Yankees never produce any good minor league talent — and while that’s true — they still have some decent players, regardless of what people say.
Gavin Ewbank covers the Yankees for Baseball Hot Corner. Follow him on Twitter, @GavinEwbank2013.