First of all, you should probably just follow him on Twitter already. The kid posts a daily affirmation (at least once daily!) about how he can’t wait to be in the Bronx with the big club, sharing the spotlight, and though we are certainly swayed by the pure joy he’s showing … he definitely also looks poised and ready to mash.
Last season was Gomez’s first that included a sniff of full-season ball; after posting an .890 OPS in 29 games of rookie ball, he comparatively struggled after being promoted, rocketing a pair of homers in 17 games with Low-A Tampa but hitting .190.
He’ll likely start at that level again in 2022, where it’ll be new manager Rachel Balkovec’s job to remind him that even though Tampa, FL isn’t quite New York City, stardom down there would still be a major step toward him fulfilling his dream.
For now, Gomez will be content with fantasy.
On Tuesday, he posted a new — and adorable — clip of a BP sesh where he imitated John Sterling just for himself, calling successive blasts out of the ballpark as if he were facing down a 3-2 count with the bases loaded at Yankee Stadium.
Antonio Gomez wants to start his Yankees career a few years early.
And … it’s gone! They’re all gone. We assume. Just listen to that crack of the bat. Now, all Gomez needs is a Suzyn Waldman to toss it to, and he’ll be all set.
Don’t let the 20-year-old’s apparently thunderous bat distract you from the fact that he’s also got an elite glove. There’s a reason he ranks No. 9 on FanGraphs’ newest Yankees top prospects list, and there’s definitely a reason he was spotted palling around with Yadier Molina this offseason trying to learn the tricks of the trade.
Don’t believe us? Look at his hose.
“80-grade” is as good as it gets, by the way.
The Yankees will be taking their time with Gomez’s development — again, remember, his full-season journey just started. Hopefully … not too too much time, though, because we can assure you there will be a vacancy for him to fill in the Bronx sooner rather than later.
Hell, this team could really use someone who knows how to hit with a 3-2 count and the bases loaded.