Jasson Dominguez is considered as among the most well known Minor League potential customers in current memory, with sky-high expectations accompanying his expert launching this previous season. In Yankees basic supervisor Brian Cashman’s view, the switch-hitting wunderkind measured up to the buzz.
Dominguez played in 7 video games for a Rookie-ball group prior to leaping to Low-A Tampa, where he batted .258/.346/.398 with 9 doubles, a triple, 5 homers and 18 RBIs in 49 video games. Cashman stated that he thinks just a choose group of potential customers would can dealing with a comparable dive to a full-season league as an 18-year-old.
“His work ethic is exceptional; his will to be successful is exceptional,” Cashman stated just recently. “When you engage all the departments, whether it’s player development, performance science, the measurables that come along with it — he’s basically an anomaly, something that doesn’t come along very often.”
An item of the Dominican Republic, Dominguez got a $5.1 million finalizing bonus offer from the Yankees in July 2019, which was all however $300,000 of the club’s bonus offer swimming pool and a franchise record for a worldwide amateur.
Rated as the Yankees’ No. 2 possibility by MLB Pipeline, the switch-hitting speedster has actually created contrasts to a few of the best professional athletes in baseball history, like Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout.
“There’s a lot of very talented people, and he has a higher level of degree and talent than most,” Cashman stated. “If he can obviously put that together and match that to his performance level, you’re going to be talking about something very special.”
Kevin Reese, who was just recently promoted to vice president of gamer advancement, stated that the Yankees company is “extremely excited” about getting Dominguez back on the field to continue his march towards the major leagues.
“Everywhere he goes, he’s turning heads,” Reese stated. “His ability to connect with people, his ability to lead at such a young age, the exit velo, the speed. Some of the measurables that we do on our performance science side, it’s all off the charts. We just want to get him to play more baseball; I think all of the skill is there, all of the ability is there.”
Reese stated that the Yankees have actually not yet chosen where Dominguez will start the season. He’ll likely be betting Low-A Tampa, where the club just recently called Rachel Balkovec as the very first female supervisor in associated expert baseball. Balkovec dealt with Dominguez as a striking coach in the Florida Complex League last season.
“I think the conversation very much is, ‘OK, he can hit the ball hard. We all know that,’” Balkovec stated. “But I believe that once individuals comprehend the sort of individual he is — he’s an extraordinary individual in the clubhouse. His ability is so high. He wishes to find out. We’re actually doing offseason English classes today. He and I aren’t even talking much about baseball.
“We’re talking about English classes so he can be a better person in the clubhouse, be a leader for both Latin American and American players in his future. Everyone knows his baseball talent, that’s obvious, but behind closed doors people need to understand it’s a really special person. What he brings to the clubhouse from a character standpoint is phenomenal.”