Are Yankees’ top prospects ready for 2023 season?

Yankees top prospects who are performing well.
NJ Advanced Media
John Allen
Monday January 2, 2023

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The Yankees are basking in the glory of their top prospects and hope that a new wave of young stars will be enough to push them over the top again. Anthony Volpe, Jasson Dominguez, and Oswald Peraza are the top prospects for the Yankees and all authoritative ranking sites approve their names. Peraza has already made his first appearance in Major League Baseball, and it’s not impossible that Volpe will do the same this season. Dominguez, who is only 19, might join the fun in 2024.

Growing a strong crop of top prospects is one of the best ways to ensure winning seasons in the future. With a firm belief, the Yankees decided to pass on big free agents and the team really thinks that the best player coming up from their farm system is good enough to help them win the title. If they turn out the way Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner hope, the Yankees will not only have club control over some top prospects for a long time, but they will also have them for a very low price. This is important for ownership.

Oswald Pereza: Already in the Yankees lineup

Oswald Peraza is the only person in the group whose name has been in the Yankees’ MLB box score. He even got a taste of the postseason when he faced Framber Valdez in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. This was the only time he was in the Yankees starting lineup during the playoffs.

Oswald Peraza spent most of 2022 in Triple-A, where his on-base percentage (.329) left a little to be desired but where his power showed some promise. The Venezuelan infielder hit 19 home runs and hit .448 in 429 at-bats for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Oswald Peraza’s speed and defense have always been the first things that people notice about him. His 33 stolen bases and the occasional defensive play adds to his claim on the Yankees roster.

Even though Oswald Peraza didn’t play much after being called up in September, he ended up with 15 hits in 49 MLB opportunities (.306) and knocked out some big names. From September 25 to October 5, Oswald Peraza started seven of the 11 games the Yankees played. During that time, he hit .360/.429/.520 and hit his first MLB home run.

All signs point to the 22-year-old having a chance to be the Yankees starting shortstop on Opening Day. Cashman said that sometimes “guys push their way into the mix who may be ahead of their time.”

Anthony Volpe knocking the door

Anthony Volpe was by far the best player the Yankees had in their minor leagues. In 110 Double-A games, his record was .251/.348/.472 before he was promoted to the next level. He not only looks like a modern shortstop who can hit, but he is also fast. Anthony Volpe stole 44 bases for the Patriots, and when he added six more in his short time at Triple-A, he became the only player since FanGraphs started keeping track of minor league stats in 2006 to steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season.

With those numbers, Anthony Volpe will be compared to Turner, the best middle infielder ever in terms of speed and power. Volpe’s 122 wRC+ in Double-A was the second-highest among players 21 or younger in the Eastern League. Only Cleveland farmhand George Valera had a higher wRC+.

Anthony Volpe did not do as well in Triple-A as he did in Double-A. In 22 games with the RailRiders, he hit .236/.313/.404, which is a small sample size. Most people think that the jump from Double-A to Triple-A is the one that tests a player’s physical skills, while the jump from Double-A to Triple-A is all about the mental side of the game.

Anthony Volpe was somewhat befuddled in his 99 games for the RailRiders in AAA with 30.3% strikeouts and 8.1% walks, the lowest walk rate at any level of the minor leagues. Clearly, he needs more time at Triple-A before becoming a Yankee, and developing a more consistent line-drive stroke will help. Anthony Volpe may not become Turner, but the New Jersey native has a promising Yankees future.

Jasson Dominguez

The Yankees fans are talking about his huge home run in the Futures Game, but the young man who has been called the Zion Williamson of baseball also has other skills.

Jasson Dominguez played in a total of 115 games at both Single-A and High-A. He stole 36 bases and had an on-base percentage of more than .370 at both levels. After he moved from Single-A to High-A, all of his offensive numbers got better. Jasson Dominguez hit .306/.397/.510 in 40 games for High-A Hudson Valley, compared to 75 games for Single-A Tampa.

Jasson Dominguez has the most potential of any player in the Yankees farm system. He is big and strong and has played center field his whole professional career. Dominguez is most likely to play in the corner outfield when he gets to the big leagues. When Giancarlo Stanton is no longer in the picture, Jasson Dominguez could become a designated hitter. The best news for the kid who is known as “The Martian” is that he has been taking walks at every stop on his journey and has cut down on his strikeouts. Only 18.5% of the times he came to bat in High-A, he struck out. This is the lowest number he has ever had at any affiliate.

Yankees fans should be dreaming of Jasson Dominguez hitting home runs at Yankee Stadium because of his .510 slugging percentage, 145 wRC+, and .405 weighted on-base average, which was the highest of any 19-year-old in any of the three High-A leagues. However, they will need to be patient before that happens.

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