Spencer, 24, has been with the Yankees since being drafted in the eighth round of the 2014 draft out of UC Irvine. In 193 career minor league games, he had a hitting line of .303/.378/.387 with 39 doubles, two triples, and five home runs while driving in 69.
Last season was his worst season in the minors, hitting .271/.367/.375 in 93 games between the Charleston RiverDogs and the Tampa Yankees. He hit all five of his professional home runs in 2016 with the RiverDogs.
Spencer was called a “Hitting Machine” when the Yankees drafted him but lacked the power you typically find from a first baseman. He was excellent defensively, with a .990 fielding percentage at first base through 159 games. He did spend one game at third base in 2016 and played seven games in the outfield between 2015 and 2016.