The New York Yankees are riding high on the back of one of the most torrid regular-season stretches in franchise history, and it seems like the hot-hitting has percolated all the way down to the lower-level minor league affiliates. Top prospects Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez are getting into the swing of things.
Both players, the former of whom is plying his trade with the Double-A Somerset Patriots and the latter of which is on the Tampa Tarpons, stumbled out of the gate. The combination of power and speed they’re expected to bring to the Bronx got off to a slow start.
The last few weeks have been much better for both of the Yankees’ prized sluggers, as they’re slowly getting their batting average closer to where it should be. The power that made Volpe a first-round pick and Dominguez a hyped international signing is still there, as evidenced by a pair of long bombs the duo hit in their most recent action.
Volpe was perhaps overhyped after his first productive minor league season and Dominguez entered his professional career with unmatchable expectations (he was compared to Mike Trout!), but both are hopefully going to enjoy lengthy careers as they continue to develop.
Dominguez gave the Tarpons a 6-1 lead over the St. Lucie Mets by demolishing this meatball high up over the wall. The Tarpons would hold on for a 6-3 victory as Dominguez continues to shoulder a more significant load.
Just look how smooth this was.
Yankees fans will love Jasson Dominguez and Anthony Volpe cranking bombs
Not to be outdone, Volpe obliterated a three-run jack of his own that helped the Patriots take a 3-run ninth-inning lead against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto’s affiliate).
With names like MacKenzie Gore and Adley Rutschmann establishing themselves as big-leaguers, Riley Greene officially called up, and Grayson Rodriguez hurt, it could be argued that Volpe is the single-best prospect currently in the minor leagues. Home runs like that show why the Yankees are so hyped about him.
In the month of June, Dominguez has homered twice, doubled twice, and stolen four bases. Facing future big leaguers in extended action for the first time at just 19 years old, it looks like Dominguez is starting to get more comfortable in the box. The power everyone raved about is showing up more regularly.
Volpe is hitting .231 with seven home runs and 22 stolen bases with the Patriots. However, those numbers are distorted by an April in which he hit .197. In June, Volpe is hitting .305 with two home runs, four stolen bases, and an .884 OPS. He’ll be up with Ken Waldichuk in Scranton in no time at all.
The Yankees don’t need Volpe and Dominguez to be superhuman, but they should be thrilled that their pop is starting to be shown off this regularly.