Watch Juan Soto crush monster home run off scoreboard in Yankees spring training debut

Feb 20, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA;  New York Yankees outfielder Juan Soto (22) walks off the field after
Feb 20, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Juan Soto (22) walks off the field after / Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Juan Soto's first at-bat with the Yankees ended with him crumpled in a heap at the plate. All was lost, if your brain is addled with a decade's worth of unnecessary worries. Surely, he didn't manage to redeem himself before the game had ended.

Hopefully, everyone stayed tuned for Soto's third (and final) at-bat of the day, when he shook off a winter's worth of rust and exploded a baseball into deep left-center.

With two on and two men out in the fourth inning and many of the Yankees' starters subbing out, Soto stuck around for one last chance, waiting on a Trevor Richards breaker and depositing it somewhat effortlessly 400+ feet away, claing the blast off the scoreboard.

Opposite field home runs don't get served up to the crowd much cleaner than that.

Yankees slugger Juan Soto drills home run in spring training debut

In case your appetite for Yankees baseball wasn't whetted enough already, allow Soto to -- finally -- introduce himself.

For those wondering, that rocketed 110.1 MPH off the bat and traveled 428 feet, a long way from home.

So far, Soto's enjoyed the No. 2 hole, protecting Aaron Judge twice (2-for-2 with a ringing double and gapper single), as well as Spencer Jones in a potential 2025 preview (he, too, singled). More data is needed before Aaron Boone and Co. can determine Soto's comfort level with the currently aligned lineup, but Sunday marked a pretty great starter after an initial swing-related speed bump.

Carlos Rodón also debuted on Sunday, and though he pitched 2.2 solid innings (five strikeouts, nearly touched 96 MPH by topping out at 95.9), he exited on a low note, surrendering a home run on a cutter before departing at 48 pitches. Soto? He, luckily, was given a chance to finish strong and delivered. Looking forward to the curtain call.

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