New York Yankees youth monster could be next generational talent

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

When the New York Yankees signed international prospect Jasson Dominguez to a $5 million contract last summer, not only did they secure a potential generational talent, but possibly the first-ever Martian in baseball. This could be a futuristic article where Martians have integrated into society with humans, and Jasson is the first of a new breed to join the beautiful game.

However, the young five-tool player is very-much human in biological nature, in everything else, it’s up for debate. At 16-years-old, Dominguez looks like he could be in the prime of his major league career, but he’s just getting started as scouts rave about his talents.

 

Yankees bench coach, Carlos Mendoza, was blown away by Jasson’s strength and overall attributes, stating:

“We watched him hit and he looked good,” he said. “He was impressive for being 16 years old. He’s a strong kid with great bat speed and power. We only saw him take BP, but he was hitting balls with Gary and Miggy. He looks like one of them. For that age, he’s pretty advanced.”

With his size matching up with Gary Sanchez and the newly ripped Miguel Andujar, it’s fair to say the Yankees might have stumbled across the jackpot. The youngster projects as a center-fielder, and it’s possible he reaches the big-leagues within the next two seasons, depending on his production in the minors.

MLB.com describes Dominguez as a “teenage Mike Trout,” which is incredibly optimistic, as reaching that level of quality would put the Bombers on another stratosphere of overall talent.

Outfielder Jasson Dominguez is the cream of the crop in this year’s class, and one of the best international prospects available in years. He signed with the Yankees. The 16-year-old Dominican is strong and athletic and has a mature body for his age. Think a teenage Mike Trout. He could be the first position player in the class to make it to the big leagues because he has all of the tools scouts love to see in young prospects now — and he projects to get even better. What’s more, he’s able to translate those skills into games.

As the Yanks move forward with an already stacked team, it’s exciting to remember they have a player of this caliber climbing through the ranks. The future is bright!

In Wake of Victory over L.A., Igor Shesterkin Will Be the Starter in Goal

New York Rangers, Igor Shesterkin

Many are quite aware that the New York Rangers are one of the youngest teams in the NHL. With that youth, there will be some up and downs like the games they played last weekend. After losing a poorly played game against the Buffalo Sabres Friday night, the Rangers rebounded to defeat the Los Angeles Kings Sunday night by a score of 4-1. Eighteen-year-old Kaapo Kakko scored his first goal in 14 games. Greg McKegg, Artemi Panarin and Tony DeAngelo also scored for New York. Igor Shesterkin picked up the win and recorded 42 saves.

New York Rangers end goalie rotation

After Sunday’s win, head coach David Quinn announced that he will no longer rotate goalies and that Igor Shesterkin will continue to start. Quinn indicated that Shesterkin will continue to start regularly because he’s been the most consistent of the Rangers three goalies. “The best guy is going to continue to play,” Quinn said. “Keeping people sharp is no longer a high priority of ours. It’s going to be winning hockey games and the guy who plays well is going to keep playing.” Shesterkin has won three straight starts and five of his first six in the NHL. He is the first Rangers goalie in history to accomplish that feat. On Monday confirmed that Shesterkin will be in net when the Blueshirts travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets. This is the first of a three-game road trip that includes stops in Minnesota and Columbus.

The “Consistently Inconsistent” New York Rangers

After Friday’s loss, Quinn noted that his young Rangers sometimes will struggle. “We like to keep things interesting. We’re getting better at it, but we have a hard time playing simple hockey from time to time.” This was an especially difficult loss at the Sabres had been struggling before coming into Friday nights games. Sunday night’s performance was much better in defeating a struggling, but pesky Kings team. Quinn pointed out that in order to win, the young players will need to contribute like they did Sunday night when they got big contributions from  Shesterkin,  Kakko, Filip Chytil and the recently called up, Phillip Di Giuseppe. Quinn summed up the night by saying that “it may have not been pretty hockey, but it was hard played hockey”.