Yankees ready to fly in two months, but can young guns fill the big void?

Yankees' prospect Jasson Dominguez
Amanda Paula
Tuesday January 9, 2024

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The New York Yankees will debut in two months, much to our delight, but many uncertainties surround the team. One of them is the lack of big names, except for Juan Soto, who arrived in December.

However, one of the great joys for the Pinstripes nation was the arrival of players like Jasson Dominguez and Austin Wells. This raises the question: could this be the season of standout prospects? If so, there are three names to keep an eye on, and you’ll find out more below.

Jasson Domínguez

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Jasson Domínguez, nicknamed “The Martian,” entered the MLB stage with a bang in September 2023, showcasing his skills with four home runs in just eight games. However, his stellar debut was cut short by a significant setback – a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery. Although this injury will postpone his return to the field in the 2024 season, Domínguez has already displayed essential skills, such as plate discipline and the ability to make impactful contact against right-handed pitchers. Despite occasional swings and misses and pop-ups, his on-base and slugging capabilities hint at his potential to become a valuable asset in the big leagues.

Chase Hampton, RHP

At 22 years old, Chase Hampton has emerged as a standout in the minor leagues, recording over 12 strikeouts per nine innings across 20 starts in High- and Double-A last season. Equipped with a diverse pitching repertoire featuring a rising fastball and two breaking balls, Hampton’s extended arm action raises questions about his command consistency. Nevertheless, his ability to evade bats provides some room for controlling the strike zone, paving the way for a potential debut in the summer of 2024.

Roderick Arias, SS

While it’s worth noting that he’s only 19 years old, the inclusion of Roderick Arias on this list may be viewed as both bold and premature, given his limited track record. The Yankees acquired Arias for $4 million from the Dominican Republic in January 2022. Despite facing wrist and hand injuries in the last two years, Arias has shown promise, boasting a .267/.423/.505 batting line with six home runs in 27 complex-league games. As a switch-hitter with power potential, a strong arm, and impressive speed, Arias represents a gamble based on his potential. Health remains a wildcard, but the willingness to invest in his burgeoning talents secures his spot on the top prospects list.

In summary, the New York Yankees’ prospect pool for 2024 is characterized by a mix of established potential and rising stars. While Jasson Domínguez’s injury hiatus adds an element of uncertainty, the emergence of Chase Hampton and the inclusion of Roderick Arias illustrate the organization’s commitment to cultivating talent for sustained success. As the offseason unfolds, these prospects embody the promise of a brighter future for the Yankees.

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