Leader, athletic, Martian…those are just a few words used to describe New York Yankees No. 2 prospect Jasson Dominguez. As one of the league’s most lethal young players, he’s preparing to work his way through the team’s farm system in hopes of reaching the Majors in two years, or less.
The Yankees have a bevy of talented prospects who are capable of taking the organization to another level, all home-grown, which is something GM Brian Cashman has focused on in the past. Cashman’s unwillingness to deploy top prospects as trade bait has been heavily criticized, but there are some players you simply hold onto. Dominguez is one of those few.
With the Minor League exempt from lockout impact, they’re gearing up to start the 2022 season, Jasson is already in prime shape.
“I feel really good,” said Dominguez, via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “This camp has helped me a lot with what I’ve needed for the season.”
Standing at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, the 19-year-old phenom is thinking about the future, specifically when he can step foot in Yankee Stadium with the top team.
Jasson stated “I want to be there. I want to play,” despite never stepping foot in New York City, a bustling metropolitan that dwarfs Dominguez’s home in the Dominican Republic. The question is, can he excel under the bright lights and expectations of the Big Apple. Many have come to the city with hopes and dreams just to be overwhelmed by the hostile media and particularly tricky fans.
Most would agree that Dominguez can handle the load.
“He has leadership skills,” said Yankees hitting coach Dillon Lawson. “What’s good about Jasson is that he is mature beyond his age. That helps us with expectations, being real with him and discussing some of the hardships that he might face … [playing in] the Futures Game or going through an airport and being noticed at that young of an age. He’s really done an exceptional job.”