4 Yankees players taking the most advantage of 2024 spring training

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Yankees Spring Training: It doesn't matter 'til it does.

If you've been watching the Yankees throughout camp, you know they've delivered on many of the offensive promises Brian Cashman and the embattled 2023 roster made this offseason. Anthony Volpe's swing is extremely different (it's working). Giancarlo Stanton's body has changed, and so has his stance. Juan Soto looks ready for the opener, and Aaron Judge has nothing more to prove, even if he's continued to hold crack-of-dawn workouts to help inspire his teammates to strive for something more.

When it comes to properly evaluating march, throw the record out the window, but don't pretend Carlos Rodón giving up homer after homer is meaningless. The burden of proof is on each player to either shake their chief concern or sustain it.

These four Yankees, in a heightened spotlight, have all delivered resounding arguments in their favor, and even if we won't see them on Opening Day, they've all made significant statements regarding their readiness to contribute.

4 Yankees who've stood out and stolen the spotlight at spring training

Anthony Rizzo

Most established veterans don't need a powerhouse spring training in order to open eyes that have already been opened to them for years. Anthony Rizzo, coming off the concussive aftereffects that blurred his vision and led many casual observers to believe he was verging on retirement five years ahead of schedule, is an entirely different case.

Forget about the numbers -- they've been extremely impressive, but forget about them. Rizzo entered camp having to prove his body could still react at the speeds necessary to play the toughest sport in the world (miss me with hockey). He drilled a grand slam and a second home run last Friday night against the Blue Jays, doubling up his home run total from the post-concussion two-month span he slogged through in 2023.

It's still in there, and if Rizzo can represent another lineup lengthener from the left side, between Judge and Stanton or Judge and Torres or Judge and Volpe, then the Yankees have gotten that much more dangerous.