New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake drools over Jasson Dominguez

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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)

It’s not often a 17-year-old kid who looks like a miniature version of “The Hulk.” New York Yankees top prospect, Jasson Dominguez, signed on with the team last year in hopes of fighting his way to the Major Leagues at a ripe age.

Nickname “The Martian,” Dominguez is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound teenager, with plenty of room to grow into his physical frame. The $5.1 million signing bonus he earned last June attests to the confidence the Yankees have in his abilities moving forward, and the top coaches are already raving about his skill-set.

Pitching coach Matt Blake raved about Dominguez as he hit alongside Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar. Blake believed the 17-year-old belonged in the batting cage along with those stars, according to NJ.com:

“He was not out of place in that cage,” Blake said. “That was probably the most impressive part. A more mature hitter probably has more consistent barrels and things of that nature. But from the way he took BP on both sides, being a switch-hitter and how physically impressive he is for his age, he was not out of place in that regard.”

Aaron Boone was equally enamored by Jasson, confiding in his size:

“He was just physically impressive. Looks like an NFL running back. … It was really good first impression. Just the way he carried himself was really neat to see, too.”

Both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America rank the DR native as the Yankees’ top prospect, and deservedly so based on his minimal experience in the minor leagues. At his age, a normal kid would be going into his first year of college if that, which attests to his unreal skill-set and size.

In addition to Jasson’s physcial attributes, he is also a great kid, according to Boone.

Boone called him a “really nice, respectful kid.”

With the MLB shutting down operations for the time being, the Yankees are unsure where the young prospect will end up, but I imagine he will start out at the bottom level of the minor leagues and work his way up through the system accordingly.