Until then, minor-leaguers below that 40-man designation have the spotlight. Many will report on the anticipated big-league Spring Training arrival date, while other top Yankees prospects are already in Tampa taking advantage of all the club has to offer at their facility during minicamp.
The highly-pedigreed Dominguez is entering an all-important year … and his teammates made sure he didn’t sleep one second longer than he had to before the celebration could begin.
We’d love to see Dominguez’s Apple Watch face light up in the below video so we can know exactly what time his teammates started screaming and rubbing shaving cream (whipped cream?) on him.
But, other than that, it’s a perfect video that shows how much these young Yankees love to mess around, no matter how hyped their target is.
Yankees top prospect Jasson Dominguez got a birthday surprise from his teammates.
OK, no more celebrating. It’s time for work.
Dominguez, seemingly a fully-grown adult from the day he turned 16, can still break it down and have a little fun, but on the field (and in the weight room), he’s all business.
As Keith Law stated in an Athletic Q&A this week, Dominguez’s massive expectations were the only reason to be disappointed by the teenager putting up a .346 OBP while showing off tremendous raw power in his first full-season cameo.
That said, the pessimism comes from the idea that he’s fully grown and may not be all that “projectable.” In other words, being another year older means very little — it’s all about fine-tuning and tweaking, like the mechanical swing adjustments he reportedly made earlier in the offseason.
Our evidence for Dominguez being fully grown? Any picture of him ever taken.
The Yankees’ ongoing minicamp includes top names like Dominguez, Anthony Volpe, and the newly-signed Roderick Arias.
Hopefully, by the time Dominguez turns 20, the lockout will be lifted and we can approach normalcy.