The New York Yankees have announced that center fielder Mason Williams, right fielder Tyler Austin and catcher Gary Sanchez have been promoted from the Charleston RiverDogs to the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League.
"I am very happy for all three of those guys," said RiverDogs manager Carlos Mendoza. "They played hard for us, and I wish them all good luck."
Williams has held down center field for the RiverDogs all season and has been the spark plug for the team's offense. The 6-1, 180-pound native of Winter Garden, Fla. batted .304 in 69 games with 19 doubles, four triples and eight homers while driving in 28 runs along with 19 stolen bases. He was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star team and was recently named SAL Player of the Week (June 18-24). Williams was originally a fourth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2009 out of West Orange High.
Austin has flanked Williams in right field this season and was one of the most dangerous power hitters in the SAL during his time in Charleston. He has been among the league leaders in home runs all season, racking up 14 bombs on the campaign with 22 doubles, 54 runs driving in, 14 stolen bases and scored 69 runs. Austin, who is listed at 6-2 and 200 pounds, was also named to the SAL All-Star team and claimed a player of the week citation (April 5-15). He was selected by the Yankees in the 2009 draft in the 13th round out of Heritage High and is a native of Conyers, Ga.
Sanchez, who stands 6-2 and weighs 220 pounds, served as Charleston's primary catcher this season, his second with the RiverDogs. He has been a feared power hitter in 2012, totaling 13 homers, 19 doubles and 56 RBIs in 68 games while swiping 11 bags. He joined Austin and Williams on the SAL All-Star team and was twice named the SAL player of the week (May 28-3 and June 11-17). Sanchez, who hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was originally signed by the Yankees in July 2009 as an international free agent.
In corresponding moves, the NY Yankees announced the RiverDogs have received P Melvin Mercedes, OF Eduardo Sosa, and C Tyson Blaser from the Tampa Yankees