Will anything stop them? Also definitely no! And the latest prospect reports are only stoking the flames tremendously.
Everyone remain calm.
Unfortunately, with no statistical backing from any form of organized baseball to bolster our arguments, Bronx Bomber fans have instead had to simply go off tape, hype clips and wild radar gun readings to argue that Dominguez is going to be the next big thing.
No prospects are truly can’t-miss. We should be more careful, especially when handling an 18-year-old physical freak doing freak things, but largely in non-baseball settings (no actual highlights!).
And then you read something like this Jeff Passan tweet that accompanies Kiley McDaniel’s Top 100 prospects list for ESPN (Dominguez ranks 40th) and your slobber-packed jaw hits the turf.
Oh, one of the five hardest-hitters in MLB today? And he’s an 18-year-old kid who’s never played at the level before? Aw, shucks. One of those normal things.
Keep in mind, though, that Dominguez’s swing came in a cage and he likely took it with the sole intent of putting up an eye-popping exit velocity number. That doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to be very impressed with the kid, but the proper context is important here. This could very well be the breaking point where the Legend of Jasson Dominguez starts to become more than a little absurd.
“I heard Aaron Hicks just changed agents to get out of town so he won’t block Dominguez.” Would be cool! But no.
“I heard Cashman offered Dominguez for Castillo, but Dominguez found out, so he mind-controlled the offer into the garbage can.”
“I heard he can melt a tire with his mind!” Well, where did you hear that, exactly? Was it…your own brain?
The reason Dominguez seems too good to be true is … he’s better than any true thing Yankees fans have experienced over the past two decades.
Ruben Rivera wasn’t the next Mickey Mantle; he was, in fact, the first Ruben Rivera — an overhyped project who stole from Derek Jeter’s locker. The Killer Bs of Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos produced one viable big-leaguer, a back-end reliever.
Phil Hughes. Joba Chamberlain. Ian Kennedy. Austin Jackson. Hideki Irabu. Ricky Ledee. Juan Rivera. Erick Almonte. I could go on, but I’d really rather not!
Dominguez lighting the world on fire within a year as the spiritual successor to high-rising 19-year-old Juan Soto would be a delight. But this report, classifying him among the majors’ best before he’s taken a single swing at any level, might be the hype train’s breaking point.