3 players from Yankees' Spring Breakout showcase the American League should fear

Dominant performances from some highly rated talent on the way should have other AL front offices worried.

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After blasting 826 feet of home runs off of Toronto’s top prospects, including Adam Macko who is on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster, No. 2 Yankees prospect Spencer Jones used the Spring Breakout game on Saturday to remind other American League teams just why GM Brian Cashman refuses to include him in potential trade packages.

MLB's new prospect showcase event, Spring Breakout allows top prospects to compete directly against their peers in other other organizations. Per MLB, “The inaugural four-day event showcasing baseball's future [was] underway [Thursday through Saturday], with action from ballparks in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.“

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Spencer Jones

Jones seemed to enjoy himself, with those two home runs and four RBI helping the Yankees prospects to a 9-1 win over Toronto’s prospects. Afterwards, the 22-year old Californian said, “It was really cool that MLB provided a platform for a lot of us guys to get out here and play on television. I think it was well-run and it was just a fun baseball game. We were all excited about it.”

Jones, who triple-slashed .267/.336/.444 between High-A Hudson Valley and Double-A Somerset last season, worked on lifting the ball more consistently this offseason. Saturday's powerhouse performance represented the latest manifestation of that consistency.

Cashman is on record saying he expects Jones to begin the season in Double-A with the Somerset Patriots, where he only played 17 games last season after he was promoted from the High-A Hudson Valley Renegades on August 27th.

But surely it won’t be much longer now before we see the 6’6”, 235lb Jones, and his powerful, left-handed swing mashing home runs in the Bronx and patrolling the outfield with the 6’7”, 282lb perennial MVP candidate Aaron Judge and top prospect Jasson Domínguez. If that’s not enough to strike fear into the rest of the AL, it’s certainly going to be exciting to see them form a powerful trio in the heart of the Yankees’ lineup.

In fact, its an exciting time for fans in general, with a stacked farm system that Baseball America ranks 9th best overall, with six top 100 prospects, including Domínguez (No. 16), Jones (No. 46), Everson Pereira (No. 67), Roderick Arias (No. 68), Austin Wells (No. 71) and Chase Hampton (No. 72).

As MLB writers Sam Dykstra, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo noted in their 2024 preseason farm system rankings, “Clubs that fare well in the system rankings tend to fare well on the diamond. Organizations with an abundance of highly rated talent on the way usually translate that into winning.”

So it’s also good news that two young Yankees pitchers also showed out in the Spring Breakout game against Toronto, and neither of them are named Chase Hampton. There’s some serious depth here, even after dealing away Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito and Randy Vasquez in the Juan Soto trade.