The New York Yankees have been experiencing somewhat of a slump recently with injuries arising. Both Luis Gil and Chad Green will undergo Tommy John surgery. Several starting players, DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton, were shut down on Tuesday with specific ailments.
However, they did manage to escape with a victory against the Baltimore Orioles thanks to catcher Jose Trevino and a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning. While the Bombers have been preoccupied dealing with their own issues, one of their top prospects has been destroying Low-A ball in the month of May.
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Dominguez is turning a developmental corner for the Yankees:
Over 69 at-bats, Jasson Dominguez is hitting .319 with a 41.3% on base rate and .623 slugging percentage. In other words, Dominguez is completely dominating after struggling to start his professional career in April. He’s smacked four HRs with 15 RBIs this month, tallying six RBIs over his last four games.
Tampa head coach Rachel Balkovec commented on Dominguez’s performance the past few weeks, noting a shift in mindset.
“I would say it’s more probably a mindset adjustment and an approach to his training that’s just a little bit more specific, a little bit more focused in certain areas that he specifically needs to work on,” Balkovec said, per NJ.com. “He always works hard, but it’s focusing on what he needs to get done.”
Dominguez is far from reaching the majors, but his recent stretch has proven he’s capable of putting it on the baseball diamond. It’s possible that Dominguez reached High-A ball this season with the way he’s playing.
“He’s one of those toolsy guys and we’d like to see that all come together,” she said. “I tell Jasson it’s using all of his powers, really realizing what potential he has and not being timid or afraid to really lean into that.”
Dominguez is considered a five-tool player with phenomenal athleticism and unparallel power at just 19 years old. As a switch hitter, he has the capability to add exponential value to the Yankees down the road, but they must be patient as he progresses through the farm system.