Finally, we can say it out loud with confidence and excitement: baseball is back!
The first spring training games are going to be played on Friday.
The New York Yankees‘ first contest will be against the reigning National League champs, the Philadelphia Phillies, in Clearwater.
Since the spring is a time to test some of the best prospects in each organization, the Yanks are going to give a chance to a touted outfielder.
“Jasson Dominguez will be in the #Yankees’ lineup for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies in Clearwater,” Yanks insider Bryan Hoch tweeted.
Jasson Dominguez will be in the #Yankees’ lineup for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies in Clearwater.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 23, 2023
Regarded as one of the outfielders of the future in the Bronx, Dominguez has a rare blend of power and speed that will probably make him an All-Star at some point within the next five years.
The best of all is that he has the offensive profile to translate that power to real games.
He has enough contact to tap into his power, and enough speed and athleticism (despite a stocky build) to cover center field.
He has slim chances to make the Yanks’ roster out of camp, but a debut in September is a possibility.
Next year is way more likely if he keeps progressing like he has.
Dominguez has shown the ability to make adjustments on the go.
He had an .813 OPS in Class-A last year, then was promoted to High-A and posted a .906 mark.
His .596 OPS in five Double-A games indicates he still needs at least an extra year in the minors, but will be a special player when he finishes developing.
Across all three levels last year, Dominguez hit 16 home runs and stole 37 bases.
More power will probably come in the future.
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