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Akshita Patel

CHECKOUT These 5 Takeaways From New York Yankees Spring Training Camp

The New York Yankees kicked off a pre-season campaign with spring training last weekend. The team registered a thumping 22-10 win over Detroit Tigers in the Grapefruit League opener and never looked back. Meanwhile, let’s explore five such mega observations from the franchise’s pivotal spring camp.

Juan Soto Steals Spotlight

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The center of attraction this spring for the New York Yankees was undoubtedly the generational talent named Juan Soto. He slammed a monstrous three-run bomb off the left-field scoreboard and announced his arrival in style. Additionally, the slugger bonded well with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, amongst many others. Soto seems in good touch and confident of a stellar season in the Bronx. Additionally, the extended Dominican community’s support will be an added advantage. Overall, Juan Soto loves the vibe of being a Yankee, which sets the stage for a successful season.

   

DJ LeMahieu Gets Back To Business

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DJ LeMahieu had two solid at-bats against Gerrit Cole during Yankees’ spring training practice. AP

Recovering from a career-worst season in 2023, veteran infielder DJ LeMahieu came out all guns blazing this spring. On his Grapefruit League debut, he went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Aaron Boone, the Yankees skipper, was extremely elated to see DJ explode at the top. He sees LeMahieu as the team’s leadoff hitter for the 2024 season. That being said, DJ has a lot of proof this year. As the oldest player on the roster, the third baseman must defy the age factor to prove useful to his side.

Alex Verdugo Settling In With Witty Attitude

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Yankees’ newest recruit, Alex Verdugo, has fit into the roster effortlessly. His witty nature has turned the camp into a laughter club. He has been cracking jokes during practice and playing around with young kids like Anthony Volpe, and overall, his cheerful attitude has made him a favorite in no time. It’s a positive sign for Verdugo, who is not used to change of scenery. He is coming off from Boston, where things didn’t go his way. Thus, in the Bronx, Alex will hope for a positive turnaround.

Nasty Nestor Makes A Comeback For Yankees

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Nestor Cortes reacts after striking out Minnesota Twins catcher Jair Camargo with the bases loaded to end the first inning. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

With the rotator cuff injury behind him, Nestor Cortes made a splashing comeback this spring. He struck out Juan Soto thrice during live BP and had a 48-pitch outing against the Twins earlier this week. Most importantly, Cortes is feeling healthy and recharged. He said his off-season training and conditioning have paid off, as he faced no setbacks whatsoever. While the pitcher lasted 2.2 innings during spring debut, he insists on slowly extending himself over the month. Overall, the Yankees camp is excited to have Nestor Cortes in full health. A lot relies on how he maintains his shoulder throughout the year.

Trent Grisham Happy With Yankees Facilities

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Trent Grisham, who was traded alongside Juan Soto from the San Diego Padres earlier this off-season, batted without gloves in his first practice session. He was moved to the club’s training facilities in Tampa. With a large training and weight room, an exciting spring training schedule, endless resources, and his new teammates, Grisham is largely overwhelmed. He said the Yankees welcomed him in a way he never experienced before with any organization whatsoever. “After just being here for a day, you can kind of feel that hunger, that drive, that keeps us all focused on one goal,” Grisham said.

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