Normal 17-year old kids arenâ€™t 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but the â€œMartian,â€ undoubtedly is. Jasson Dominguez has already been compared to the likes of Mike Trout, Mickey Mantle, and Bo Jackson. Having signed a $5.1 million international contract with the New York Yankees in 2019, Dominguez has all of the tangible traits to develop into baseballâ€™s next superstar.
The best part about Dominguez is that time is on his side, and at 17 -years old, he can refine his abilities and develop the right way. Some believe his pro debut could come way sooner than expected, but I believe heâ€™s about two years from reaching the top level, possibly three.
Similar to most minor league players, the coronavirus pandemic has hurt his progression. This entire year is essentially a throwaway, as the entire league will have lost a season of elevation. The 2021 season will likely see his debut in the Yankees’ farm system. However, he will be training in the Dominican Republic until then.
As we have seen in other Yankee prospects, Dominguez is in good hands with their coaches and system. While the expectation is already taking hold of the young outfielder, he is ready to take on the challenge and reach the big leagues to play alongside men like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres.
Scouts have been salivating over his physical abilities and what he brings to the table. Hereâ€™s what Sam had to say but the five to a prospect:
“He’s possibly the best combination of tools, athleticism and performance that I’ve run across. Now, there’s a whole lot of time, a whole lot of at-bats and a whole lot of proving it between now and hopefully reaching the major leagues. Given his baseball background, his baseball acumen, his desire, his competitive nature, his work ethic, it’s never an easy thing to drop $5.1 million on one player, but he made it pretty easy.” – Yankees international scouting director Donny Rowland, viaÂ Baseball America’s Ben Badler
“He won’t make his pro debut until mid-2020 but he already has earned comparisons to some of the best athletes in baseball history, such as Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout.” – MLB Pipeline
Ultimately, comparisons are meaningless until heâ€™s proven he can succeed with the Yankees top team. Similar to Estevan Florial, Dominguez is a perfect prospect, but you never know what could happen in the future, whether it be a global pandemic or a significant injury. Luckily, Dominguez is starting off fresh and has great health history.