A look at Yankees’ top prospects; Is it time to call up Jasson Dominguez?

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John Allen
Tuesday May 9, 2023

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Michael Kay cited an MLB source recently to claim that a top Yankees official told him not to rule out Jasson Dominguez making the team this year.

As the 2023 season progresses, the New York Yankees’ problems only worsen. They haven’t been able to put up consistent run totals as a team. Because two of their top players, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, are sidelined, they are also struggling in the outfield. Recently, an MLB source said that this made it more likely that the 20-year-old star talent, Jasson Dominguez, for the Yankees would make the team.

It’s been a rough year for the Bronx Bombers, who are now last in the American League East. And if things keep going this way, the Yankees could just bring up their 20-year-old star prospect to play in the major leagues.

Jasson Dominguez, the organization’s No. 2 prospect, entered Sunday’s game hitting .167 (11-for-66). However, he has worked 24 walks in 92 plate appearances, producing a .391 on-base percentage. Domínguez has also stolen 10 bases in 11 attempts while getting reps in left field.

Yankees’ Top Prospect Jasson Dominguez Likely to Make the Roster

There are a number of talented young players on the Yankees’ roster who are working their way up to the major leagues. Jasson Dominguez, an outfielder who is just 20, was with the club all of Spring Training. Michael Kay added to what the top official said by saying that things are very bad for the team. Talkin’ Yanks posted on Twitter a small part of Kay’s comments about Jasson Dominguez.

In the snippet, Kay says, “I thought in Spring Training that you could see him sometime in July or August. But he started his Minor League season and he was dreadful, but now he’s starting to make inroads again. A high-ranking person in the organization told me ‘Don’t be surprised if you see Jasson Dominguez this year.’ It would be a huge jump, he’s still a baby but desperate times call for desperate measures and they don’t have a left fielder.”

This is an important achievement for Dominguez, who may make his Yankees debut this year. The Yankees‘ future treatment of their best prospect, who is already 20, will be fascinating to watch. Aaron Boone, manager of the Bronx Bombers, finds something in him comparable to Derek Jeter. Even in Spring Training, he was able to please the crowds.

Austin Wells

Austin Wells is back on the field with Double-A Somerset after missing all of Spring Training due to an injury. The left-handed-hitting catcher is the Yankees’ third-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Despite the setback, Wells aims to continue his climb toward the majors.

“It’s hard to not think like, ‘Oh, I missed time, I need to catch up,’” Wells told MyCentralJersey’s Mike Ashmore. “But I think with the amount of games I’ll be able to play this year, I don’t need to do any sort of pressing or anything, so when I get back to feeling like me, it’s just going to be full go.”

He has hit .286 (4-for-14) with two homers since joining Somerset after five games at Single-A Tampa. Last year, Wells posted a .277/.385/.512 line with 20 homers and 65 RBIs across three levels in the Yankees’ system, helping Somerset win the Eastern League title.

“I’m still trying to get my feet under me at the plate and behind the plate, so I want to take advantage of getting the [at-bats] here to get my timing back,” he said.

Other performers across the Yankees’ farm system

Andres Chaparro in the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had an impressive game on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs. The third baseman already has nine homers in 113 at-bats for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Veteran outfielder Kole Calhoun has also been noteworthy, hitting .467 (7-for-15) at Triple-A.

Spencer Jones in the High-A Hudson’s Valley has been productive at the plate, batting .277/.314/.574 with seven doubles, three triples, five homers, and 19 RBIs in 22 games. Jones, the Yankees’ fourth-ranked prospect, hit two homers in a loss to Greenville on April 29.

Justin Lange in Single-A Tampa had a dominant performance on Saturday, striking out 10 batters over five hitless innings in a 1-0 win over Bradenton. The 21-year-old there 81 pitches while walking three in a combined shutout. The Yankees got him in a March 2022 trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to the Padres.

Jasson Dominguez spring training memories

This year, Jasson Dominguez played in Spring Training for the first time. In his first Grapefruit League game, he hit a home run, which got people excited about what he could do. Even though he hit well at times during Spring Training, the Yankees decided to send him back to the Minor Leagues. Time will tell if he plays in the Major Leagues for the first time this season.

What do you think about the fact that Jasson Dominguez has a better chance of making the New York Yankees squad later this year? Please tell us what you think in the comments!

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