As the Yankees' second-ranked prospect, Mason Williams was trying to do "just a little too much." Once he just focused on the pitch, he had his best game of the season.
Needing only five pitches to collect a season-high three hits and a career-high four RBIs, Williams helped propel Double-A Trenton past Richmond, 8-3, on Tuesday night.
Heading into the opener of a three-game series, the 22-year-old center fielder was hitting .194 with runners in scoring position. But he came up twice with the bases loaded, delivering a two-run single on the first pitch he saw in the second inning.
"I haven't had the opportunities with the bases loaded, so I was just trying to put a good swing on the ball," Williams said. "Just trying to see a pitch I can drive, first pitch or whatever. I just wanted to see a good pitch and drive the runners in."
An inning later, the Florida native took a called strike before plating two more runs with a single to center field. He struck out twice and grounded out to end a 3-for-6 night that raised his average with runners on base to .214.
Williams, MLB.com's No. 62 overall prospect, also stole his team-leading 12th base in the first and has been caught only twice this season.
"I'm feeling confident," he said of his time on the basepaths. "It's just about knowing the situation, knowing who is behind me and what the score is and if the game dictates a good running situation."
Williams is in his second stint with the Thunder and his fifth season since the Yankees selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft. He leads the team with 35 runs scored and said he's continuing to make little adjustments in preparation for the next level.
"I'm learning a lot, I'm going through a ton of things right now," he said. "For me, I just have to trust my work. I have been struggling, but I feel great [and] I'm just trying to work my way up."
Robert Refsnyder put Trenton ahead for good with his sixth homer, sparking a five-run second. He plated another run with a fielder's choice in the fourth.
Yankees No. 11 prospect Manny Banuelos started for the Thunder and struck out four while allowing one hit in two scoreless innings. Eric Wooten (2-0) limited the Flying Squirrels to a run on three hits over six frames for the win.
Richmond starter Adalberto Mejia (2-5) -- the Giants' No. 3 prospect -- lasted 1 2/3 innings and surrendered five runs on six hits and a walk with one strikeout. Myles Schroder went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and two RBIs in a losing effort.