New York Yankees: Jasson Dominguez is unfazed by money and fame

Andres Chavez
New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez
TAMPA, FL – MARCH 11: Jasson Dominguez (33) of the Yankees runs the bases during the New York Yankees spring training work out on March 11, 2020, at the New York Yankees Minor League Complex in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

For most 17-year-olds, receiving $5.1 million overnight may lead to an unexpected (and perhaps irresponsible) spending spree. Fortunately, that’s not the case with New York Yankees‘ phenom Jasson Dominguez.

That’s the amount of money Dominguez got from the New York Yankees last year as a signing bonus ahead of the international free agent period. And, apart from acquiring a house for his parents in the Dominican Republic, he has avoided making big expenses and buying pricey things for himself.

The Yankees got themselves a good young kid, level-headed and centered. He is hard-working, he is incredible talented, and he seems to make sound decisions both on and off of the field.

Recently, Domiguez bought a new car. But no, it wasn’t a luxury one. According to his agent Gio Rodriguez, the Yankees’ young outfielder wanted to keep a relatively low profile when it comes to his automobile choice.

“This is my Bugatti,” Dominguez said with a proud grin. As the pair looked at the vehicle in question, they shared a laugh.

The Yankees’ prospect has shown he is level-headed

“He bought himself a Honda Accord, and I’m not even sure it was new,” Rodriguez said, according to MLB.com. “That’s just the kind of person he is. There’s no flash. He just needed something safe and reliable to get back and forth from the field each day. This guy is not buying into the hype. His goal is to prove to the Yankees that they signed the right kid and earn everything he gets.”

Dominguez, the Yankees’ top prospect, hasn’t made his pro debut because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The year 2020 was a lot different than what I expected,” Dominguez said in Spanish. “I expected to play my first professional season and get to experience what that felt like. I wanted to live the experience, but COVID changed everything. But I learned how to adapt. What I’ve learned, and what I think everyone in the world is learning, is how to adapt and live with what is happening.”

“My hope for next season is to meet the expectations I have for myself and people have of me,” Dominguez said. “That’s my goal and that’s why I’ve never stopped working out.”