After the baseball world unfairly crowned Jasson Dominguez “the next Mike Trout possibly?!” as early as a year ago, the tune quickly changed for those evaluating the New York Yankees top prospect following his pro debut.
The unfounded hype from watching Dominguez pound home runs on vacant baseball fields against batting practice velocity in the Dominican Republic has now swung in the complete opposite direction … because that’s just how the world works now.
Mind you, Dominguez just turned 19, so it’s equally out of the question that he plummeted on prospect rankings after 56 games between the rookie league and Single-A. It was his first time facing this kind of competition and he slashed a totally modest .252/.353/.379 with 31 runs scored, 5 homers, 19 RBI, 27 walks and 73 strikeouts.
Some concerns? Sure. He’s perhaps a bit raw than many were anticipating … but it was their problem for anticipating something that wasn’t at all close to being an actual expectation. Even Mike Trout wasn’t supposed to be the “next Mike Trout.” It just doesn’t work like that.
Anyway, even though the positive Anthony Volpe discourse has largely helped fans cope with the newfound lack of confidence in Dominguez, the Yankees’ minor league hitting coordinator is here to remind everybody that Dominguez’s fearsome approach and otherworldly talent just needs a little bit of time.
Yup, it’d be great if everyone would just re-focus and realize nothing has really changed with Dominguez. His stock can’t possibly take a nosedive if you have nothing to compare his debut with. Again,19 years old.
Yankees fans will feel better about this take on Jasson Dominguez.
Yankees minor league hitting coordinator Joe Migliaccio, who has since taken over for Rachel Balkovec after she was promoted to manager of the Tampa Tarpons, is here to remind everyone Dominguez is likely on track to be the monster and home run hitting machine everyone thought he was going to be leading up to his showing last season.
After no professional experience and training by his lonesome ever since being signed as an international free agent back in 2019, Dominguez has yet to have a chance to make in-season and in-game adjustments. He just “worked out the kinks” to the tune of a slash line most prospects don’t come close to producing in their first or second minor league campaigns.
Though it seems like we’re changing our tune and saying Dominguez will match the hype from the last 2-3 years, that’s not the case whatsoever. All we’d like is if everyone managed expectations and let a teenager’s career take its course at its very beginning.
Dominguez is already making heads turn at spring training, so it might not be before long all the prospect hotshots are updating their rankings to reflect some sort of a middleground everyone’s apparently been grappling with over the last eight or so months.