No Worries With Spencer's Bat

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With their 8th Round selection in this year’s draft the Yankees selected first baseman Connor Spencer out of UC Irvine. Spencer shows promise as a good first baseman. He can handle himself around the bag and has shown so this season, but that’s not the primary reason why they drafted him. Long story short - this kid can hit.

Spencer was sent directly to Class-A Staten Island after the draft and has proven he belongs here, if not at a higher level already. This season he’s batting .364 with 15 runs scored and ten doubles. He’s second on the team with 51 hits despite playing 15 fewer games than the only man above him [Ty McFarland has 57 hits in 52 games]. “He’s done nothing but hit,” manager Mario Garza said. “He got here and he was a little tardy on fastballs – obviously the velocity difference between college and what you see every day in professional ball is a little bit different but he’s made a nice adjustment. The hands work, he’s got a very handsy swing, he has a good feel for the barrel.” However, there is a caveat with Spencer. Neither his power numbers and nor his walks are there this season. And while the casual fans may worry, neither Spencer nor his coaches see anything wrong with what he’s doing at the plate. “I feel it’s going well, just going out there trying to relax and have fun...

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