This a new segment that we are going to run until the end of the spring training and potentially throughout the 2020 season. We will be looking at some of the Yankees prospects in the minor leagues, highlighting their strengths, weaknesses, potential ETA’s in the major leagues, and in some cases providing a current MLB player comparison.
Robert Pimpsner of Pinstriped Prospects was an invaluable source in gathering information and scouting reports about every Yankee prospect in the minor league system. He can be followed on Twitter @RPimpsner or @PinstripedPros. Check out the Pinstriped Prospects website as well for in depth scouting reports on every minor leaguer in the Yankees farm system.
When asked for some background information on the way prospects are ranked and scouting reports are completed, Pimpsner had this to say “[It’s] a little bit different than anywhere else. We start out with the list of about 100-120 guys, go through and fill in numerical values for everything. Some are easy like age compared to relative competition, level, etc. Others are more objective depending on the person such as assigning 1-7 risk factor (1 being low, 7 being high) or ceiling/floor on a scale of 1-8 (1 being Instant hall of famer, 8 being non-prospect/low-level filler). The numbers are then all tabulated using a formula we come up with that weights certain factors higher than others based on our experience. That creates a raw prospect list that sometimes makes us re-think our preconceptions about a prospects rank. From there we debate and come up with our official rankings that we then vet through our sources in the scouting and baseball operations community. After that we make changes based on the feedback we receive and then finalize our rankings. We are finalizing our 2020 pre-season rankings right now which will be out on Pinstriped Prospects at the end of January.”
Without further ado, we will get into our second prospect preview of the year, Jasson Dominguez (AKA: “The Martian”)
Age: 16 (DOB: 2/07/2003)
Weight: 190 lbs
Affiliate: Dominguez has not made an appearance for any of the Yankees affiliates. He should get some action in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) and could make an appearance in the states for the Gulf Coast Yankees or the Pulaski Yankees (Rookie Level A Ball)
Position: OF – Should play CF as he advances through minor leagues due to his elite speed and range in the outfield
MLB ETA/Role: TBD; Dominguez is yet to face live competition as a member of the organization. Until we have a larger sample size, we cannot speculate on when he could make his MLB debut
Background: Dominguez was the crown jewel of last season’s international free agent market, getting a record $5 million signing bonus. Cashman has been known to scour the international free agent market for talent, and Dominguez is yet another example of this. Dominguez is still incredibly young and unproven.
Body: Dominguez has a mature body for a 16-year-old. He is more projection and upside at this point than he is a proven commodity.
Mechanics: Dominguez has great mechanics for a 16-year-old. However, these mechanics need to translate once he begins facing professional pitching. We have not seen how well he can read pitches at the plate, his baseball IQ in a game setting, or his decision making in the field or on the bases. Based purely on his raw ability, Dominguez is one of the most talented prospects in recent baseball history, however much of his development hinges on how he reacts once he makes his professional debut
- Has shown enormous raw power from both sides of the plate during BP
- Has a smooth compact swing from both sides
- Has reportedly run the 60-yard dash in 6.3
- For reference, Billy Hamilton ran 60 yard dash in 6.2 seconds
- Has reportedly run the 60-yard dash in 6.3 seconds
- Has recorded exit velocities over 110 MPH
- Both as a right-handed and left-handed hitter
- Consistently drives the ball during batting practice and other hitting drills
- Has recorded exit velocities over 110 MPH
- According to a rival international signing director: “He loves playing and has crazy power” (Per ESPN)
- Works incredibly hard despite being hailed as “one of the top international prospects available in years”
2020 Outlook: 2020 will be an important year for Dominguez. He will make his professional debut in some capacity. He could potentially come to the United States and debut in the Gulf Coast League or in the Appalachian League for one of the Yankees rookie league teams if he follows a path similar to that of other top international free agent signings.
Per Robert Pimpsner: “I cannot speak to what I have seen from Dominguez as I have not seen him in person just yet. I have watched plenty of promo film and some of the other stuff he has put out on social media and there is a lot to like about him. His body is already pretty mature for a 16-year-old and he has the raw skills you like [to see in elite prospect]. The people I spoke to that have seen him play rave about his abilities and believe he is the best international signee the Yankees ever had. But with all that said I still like to point out a lot could happen when he gets into actual game action. I am hoping it will be with Staten Island but most likely in Pulaski if they follow what they have done with other top international players the last couple of seasons.”
Keep up with the prospect previews every week and as always go Yanks!
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