Jasson Dominguez’s stellar Triple-A debut bodes well for Yankees

Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez at Triple-A RailRiders
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John Allen
Thursday August 24, 2023

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Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez, who was recently moved up to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, had an impressive debut in his first game. He went 3-for-6 with a double and three RBIs, contributing to a 14-1 victory over Lehigh Valley, the Phillies’ affiliate.

The Martian has made a big impact that led to his recent AAA promotion and has taken over the place of Everson Pereira since he was called to join the MLB roster. Pereira and infielder Oswald Peraza got promoted to the majors on Tuesday and became part of the team’s roster for their 2-1 loss to the Nationals in The Bronx.

Big opportunity for Jasson Dominguez

The Yankees’ second-best prospect by MLB Pipeline, has almost made it to the major leagues even before reaching the legal drinking age. Jasson Dominguez had a bit of a rough beginning with Double-A Somerset, batting only .198 (although with a .341 on-base percentage) and hitting 10 home runs in his initial 73 games.

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However, starting on July 8th, the 20-year-old showed exceptional performance against pitchers in the Eastern League. In the most recent 35 games Jasson Dominguez played with Somerset, the batter, who can hit from both sides of the plate, achieved a batting average of.351, hit five home runs, stole 15 bases, and achieved an OPS of .961.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone stated before his team’s ninth consecutive loss that playing against older and more experienced competition in Triple-A is the next developmental stage for Jasson Dominguez. Boone emphasized that Jasson Dominguez had a solid season in Double-A and performed exceptionally well in the last month. He highlighted the significance of Dominguez’s progression, as he remains a player on the verge of breaking into the major leagues.

“Playing against in a lot of ways older competition, more savvy, nuanced things at Triple-A — it’s the next step for him,” Boone said. “It was important to get him to there as he continues to be a guy also knocking on the door.”

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Yankees’ hopes rest on him

Jasson Dominguez, who primarily plays center field but has also been tried out in the left field this year, was one of the most anticipated young talents to emerge from the Dominican Republic. Known for his surprising nickname and likened to the legendary Mickey Mantle, Dominguez made a historic mark by signing a record-breaking contract worth $5.1 million in 2019 with the team.

While it might be a bit late in the current season for Jasson Dominguez to make a significant impact for the Yankees, the possibility of his promotion is closer than ever. He could potentially vie for a spot on the major league roster during next year’s spring training. Considering the Yankees’ need for a reliable left fielder and the upcoming free agency of center fielder Harrison Bader, Jasson Dominguez’s prospects are looking promising.

Boone expressed a sense of uncertainty regarding the possibility of Jasson Dominguez securing a spot on the roster in the upcoming spring training. He mentioned that anything could happen, but also noted that it’s a distant point in the future. The Martian’s performance has been impressive as he continues to progress through the minor league system, and the Yankees manager sees him as a player with intriguing skills.

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