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Yankees’ Spencer Jones crushes 470-foot home run in spring debut

LAKELAND, Fla. – Aaron Boone said Saturday morning that Spencer Jones “can legally fly.”

The same goes for baseball, which is in the hands of the Yankees’ top prospects.

Jones smashed a 470-foot home run in his first at-bat of a Grapefruit League game Saturday, but it did little to ease the hype surrounding him in his first major league camp.

The 22-year-old center fielder came on as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning of the game against the Tigers and immediately showed his ability.

The 6-foot-6 left-handed slugger may have had some help from the wind, which was blowing toward right field, but the blast went through the bullpen, over the right-field fence, and the ball landed on the patio above the bullpen. at Joker Merchant Stadium.

Jones’ home run was a slider from Tigers right-hander Mason Englert that he threw to the low inside corner of the zone.

Jones, who is expected to start the season at Double-A Somerset (playing in the final 17 games of the 2023 season), was a first-round pick of the Yankees out of Vanderbilt in 2022.


Spencer Jones hit an extra-base home run in his first at-bat in 2024 spring training. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“We’re looking forward to him attending major league camp,” Boone said before Saturday’s game. “It’s part of his development, part of his growth process, being with the guys that he’s going to be with. Hopefully, he’ll be able to participate in spring action in the big leagues. [at-bats] etc. It’s an important part of development. ”

Jones was hit in the right elbow in his second at-bat, but the 93 mph sinker appeared to catch his elbow pad perfectly and he remained in the game.

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