Three Yankees make Baseball America’s 2020 Top 100 prospects list
Following last week’s release of their top 10 prospects per organization, Baseball America announced its preseason list of the top 100 overall minor league prospects. This year, three Yankees made the cut.
With three weeks until the official start of spring training, the lists of the top prospects in baseball will begin to be released according to the outlets that cover farmhands most. Following their recent announcement of the top 10 prospects per organization, we know that three Yankees minor leaguers have been ranked among Baseball America’s top 100 overall prospects.
The Baby Bomber that can be found closest to the top of the rankings is soon-to-be 17-year-old Jasson Dominguez. He’s listed at No. 38. Signed last July for $5.1 million in bonus pool money (the most the Yanks have ever spent on an international amateur), Dominguez has yet to play a professional game but is already drawing comparisons to a “teenage Mike Trout” by MLB.com.
Baseball America gave Dominguez an overall grade of 65 — which is unheard of considering his age and inexperience. The switch-hitting outfielder can mash and was rewarded with a 70 grade for power.
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A five-tool player in the making, Dominguez has a keen eye at the plate, electric bat speed, the ability to drive the ball to all fields and consistently makes hard contact. Dominguez also has blazing speed, having run a 6.3 60-yard dash — an excellent throwing arm and he plays a plus center field.
Right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt is the next Yankees prospect ranked, as he comes in at No. 62. MLB Pipeline recently selected Schmidt as the Yanks’ breakout candidate for 2020 after jumping three minor league levels last season.
The 23-year-old University of South Carolina alum rebounded superbly following Tommy John surgery that cost him a large part of 2018. In 90.2 innings last season, Schmidt compiled a 6-5 record, 3.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .233 BAA, and a 102:28 K:BB ratio.
And lastly, the Yankees No. 1 prospect, according to most outlets, Deivi Garcia is ranked No. 65 overall by BA.
Still only 20, Garcia has all the tools to be a mid-rotation mainstay — and wildly exceeded expectations when he climbed from High-A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton in 2019. A strikeout machine (165 K’s in 111 IP last season), Garcia’s sprint to the majors was briefly put on hold when his ERA reached 5.40, and he walked 20 batters in 40 innings after reaching Scranton in mid-July.
Projected to begin this season back at Triple-A, if Garcia puts together a solid spring, he could be one of the first call-ups should any big league pitchers succumb to injury or inconsistency.