A 17-year-old kid should not be able to hit baseballs as hard as Jasson Dominguez of the New York Yankees Prospect ranks. The Bombers signed him to an international deal this past off-season and were preparing to feature him in 2020 in his first professional season. However, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down operations across baseball, forcing Dominguez to wait one more year for his first opportunity in pinstripes.
Dominguez is considered a five-tool player, with incredible slugging power, something the Yankees have focused on in recent years with their new analytical approach.
Theoretically, if they can hit more home runs, they can guarantee runs on the scoreboard. Contact hitters and getting on base does not guarantee points, so this is an interesting and logical way to ensure your team has a chance of winning due to offensive proficiency.
Dominguez undoubtedly backs up that approach, and just take a look at this incredible video of the young outfielder smashing baseballs over 100 mph.
Jasson Dominguez is 17 years old and hits the ever living shit out of the baseball pic.twitter.com/3326emQyZp
— The Short Porch (@short_porch) December 3, 2020
Do the New York Yankees have the next generational star in their farm system?
Some say that Dominguez is capable of being a generational talent, and hitting a 104 mph ball at his age is simply astounding. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are capable of hitting 120 mph plus, but Dominguez hitting this hard without much movement and from slower pitches is incredible. It is almost reminiscent of Prince Fielder being able to hit homers with barely double digits on his age.
MLB Pipeline has compared Dominguez to greats like Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle, and Mike Trout. He signed a $5.1 million deal out of the Dominican Republic in 2019 and considering his well above-average tools, his much anticipated professional debut canâ€™t come soon enough.
Without ever playing a minor-league game, he already ranks at the top of the Yankeesâ€™ prospect list. Incredibly, pitcher Deivi Garcia ranks in third place, below Dominguez, despite having enjoyed Major League experience.
Despite his girthy size, heâ€™s considered the Yankeesâ€™ best athlete and power hitter, two traits upper management salivate over. It is going to be exciting to watch his development and how quickly he can make it to the top team.