Five Yankees spring training standouts on their way into the spotlight

Yankees stars Austin Wells and Juan Soto are looking at a tablet at Tampa, FL, on March 5, 2024.
John Allen
Sunday March 24, 2024

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As Opening Day draws near, several New York Yankees players have made resounding statements during the exhibition season. While some established stars were expected to shine, others emerged as pleasant surprises, demonstrating their readiness for the regular season grind.

Meet the five Yankees, who have been turning heads this spring.

Juan Soto: The marquee Yankees addition

The marquee offseason acquisition by the Yankees, Juan Soto, hasn’t disappointed. He’s lived up to the hype with a dominant spring training performance. His eye-catching .326/.396/.674 slash line is complemented by four home runs, 10 RBIs, and three doubles. Soto’s seamless transition to the team suggests he will play a pivotal role as a force in the lineup.

Luis Gil: rising talent back in rotation limelight

In the hotly contested battle for the Yankees’ fifth starter spot, Luis Gil has emerged as a dominant contender. Leading the pitching staff with 23 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched, Gil boasts an outstanding 0.83 WHIP and held opposing hitters to a paltry .127 batting average. These stellar numbers solidify Gil’s position as a frontrunner for the coveted fifth starter role.

Austin Wells: Another Thruman in the making

Left-handed catcher Austin Wells has shown significant improvement on both offense and defense, potentially earning himself a more prominent role behind the dish. With a strong .314/.400/.600 slash line, including four doubles, two home runs, and nine RBIs, Wells has made a compelling case for increased playing time.

Will Warren: Young arm with an ace profile

Competing alongside Gil for the fifth starter spot, right-hander Will Warren has delivered commendable numbers. While sporting a slightly higher ERA, Warren still managed 13 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched, surrendering only two walks. This performance highlights his potential impact on the pitching staff.

Spencer Jones: The Baby Bomber

Though his major league debut might be on the horizon, outfielder Spencer Jones has showcased promising talent this spring. Despite limited opportunities, he boasts an impressive .444/.565/.722 slash line, including a home run, two doubles, and four RBIs. Jones’ performance offers a glimpse of his bright future with the Yankees.

The special mention: Oscar Gonzalez

As the final roster spots are finalized, the competition for bench spots intensifies. Veteran outfielder Oscar Gonzalez solidified his case with a stellar spring. His consistent hitting reflected in a .326/.367/.522 slash line in 20 games and 46 at-bats, positions him as a valuable offensive asset for the Yankees off the bench.

This mix of established stars and rising talent bodes well for the Yankees as they head into the regular season. The key contributions from both veterans and youngsters have created a strong sense of optimism within the team and amongst fans eager to see the pinstripes back in contention for a championship.

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