Spencer Jones

23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Yankees AA
2024 Fantasy Outlook
A 6-foot-6 left-handed slugger with long strides on the bases and in the outfield, Jones' hit tool will be the swing skill. He has been handled with kid gloves since the Yankees selected him with the No. 25 overall pick in 2022, never getting an aggressive assignment and only playing 17 games at Double-A to close out his age-22 season. He had a 29 percent strikeout rate at High-A and a 28.2 percent strikeout rate at Double-A. Jones hasn't shown pronounced lefty/righty splits, so he will either be an everyday player who hits for 30-plus homer power with 10-20 steals or he won't hit enough to play regularly in the majors. He profiles best in left field, which puts even more pressure on his bat. Given his age (turns 23 in May), he won't get the benefit of the doubt if he struggles in a return to Double-A. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $2.88 million contract with the Yankees in July of 2022.
Makes season debut
OFNew York Yankees  AA
April 14, 2024
Jones (neck) played his first game of the season for Double-A Somerset on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with one walk, one double, three runs and one RBI.
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Jones missed the first seven contests of the campaign for Somerset due to a stiff neck, but he didn't appear to be hampered by the issue in his return to the lineup. The 22-year-old was tabbed to begin the season at the Double-A level after an impressive spring training with the Yankees, but he could get his first taste of Triple-A ball in short order if he continues to perform well. Jones is among the organization's top prospects and could make his MLB debut sometime this season.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
The Yankees continued their trend of taking lefty-hitting college bats, selecting Jones with the 25th overall pick in last year's draft. Being listed at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds and having posted mammoth exit velocities as an amateur, Jones was a natural fit with the Yankees. Unfortunately, now we have to deal with the lazy left-handed Aaron Judge comparisons. Jones is a good athlete for his size and has advanced power to the opposite field. He slashed .325/.411/.494 with a 10.5 BB%, 18.9 K%, three home runs and 10 steals in 22 games at Single-A, and is already making waves with his batted-ball data. According to Prospects Live, his 90th percentile exit velocity was elite. Jones wouldn't have been available where the Yankees selected him if there weren't hit tool concerns, but his fantasy upside is so high and his pro debut was so strong that it's worth rolling the dice on Jones in the first round of first-year player drafts.
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Sitting out due to neck stiffness
OFNew York Yankees  AA
Neck
April 7, 2024
Jones isn't in the lineup Sunday for Double-A Somerset for the third straight day due to a stiff neck.
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Continues impressive spring
OFNew York Yankees  AA
March 17, 2024
Jones went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, three total runs and four total RBI in Saturday's Spring Breakout game against the Blue Jays.
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Likely to begin season at Double-A
OFNew York Yankees  AA
March 9, 2024
The Yankees reassigned Jones to minor-league camp Tuesday, and he's expected to begin the campaign with Double-A Somerset, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Raking in first spring training
OFNew York Yankees  AA
February 27, 2024
Jones drilled a 470-foot homer in his first Grapefruit League at-bat, Jon Heyman of the New York Postreports.
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Gets spring-training invitation
OFNew York Yankees  AA
February 10, 2024
The Yankees have invited Jones to participate in major-league spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Appears untouchable?
OFNew York Yankees  AA
March 12, 2024
According to Brendan Kuty of The Athletic, the Yankees have been reluctant to include Jones in any trade packages for Dylan Cease.
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The Yankees have recently re-engaged with the White Sox in trade discussions for Cease, but New York apparently hasn't changed its mind on parting with Jones. The young outfielder is one of the organization's top prospects, and he had a .780 OPS with 16 homers and 42 steals in 117 games between the High-A and Double-A levels last season. The Yankees are looking to bolster their rotation with the status of Gerrit Cole's elbow up in the air, but it still appears they're unwilling to part with Jones, at least so far.
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