Yankees’ star prospect finally hitting his stride after awful start

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)

One of the New York Yankees’ top young prospects is Jasson Dominguez, who finally started his journey in the minor-league system this year. Enjoying his first action with single-A Tampa, Dominguez hosts a .252 average over 107 at-bats. He’s recorded 27 hits, three homers, and 14 RBIs.

To start the year, though, Dominguez struggled considerably, striking out 25 times in the month of April, including nine games in which he had two or more strikeouts. Dominguez struggled early to get a hang of the next level of baseball but has been far more effective in the month of May, despite a scout leaving an extremely pessimistic review.

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“It’s certainly not a prospect to get excited about in terms of a surefire thing in the major leagues, which I think is really what he was being touted,” the scout said, via Randy Miller of NJ.com. “Dominguez looks considerably worse than last year.”

However, over 36 at-bats in May, Dominguez has tallied 11 hits and two homers, including eight RBIs. He has only struck out 10 times in that span, indicating far more patience at the plate. Ultimately, more experience and seeing more pitches have benefited him extremely, go figure.

Since April 24, Dominguez is hitting .302/.373/.566 with five doubles, three homers, and a 169 wRC+. In other words, he’s been an absolute monster in the batter’s box to go with his stout speed. This is a player the Bombers invested $5.1 million in last year, making sure he would be a Yankee for a very long time.

It is fair to mention that Dominguez is also a switch hitter, meaning he has to split reps on both sides of the batter’s box. That ultimately will require him to take more time adjusting and finding the proper flow at the next level.

Nonetheless, it’s nice to see that Dominguez is finally hitting his stride and quieting the doubters after receiving extraordinary comparisons last year based on his tangible attributes.