Once Yankees fans got their eyes adjusted and realized that Jasson Dominguez was unlikely to be Juan Soto from the jump in organized baseball, most of the discourse surrounding his star power and future potential has actually been positive.
Now 19 years old, Dominguez has overcome a slow start at Low-A Tampa to rake from mid-May through early summer, earning a second consecutive Futures Game appearance and rumors of a likely promotion to High-A Hudson Valley following Everson Pereira’s bump to Double-A.
Allow Baseball America to rain on your Dominguez parade a little bit, though. Because, while there’s been word that his star has slipped a bit in prospecting circles, it was hard to envision this much of a slide in the team’s midseason Top 10, especially considering the teenage slugger has been really good for several weeks now.
The power’s translating. He’s going gap-to-gap. He’s cut down on the strikeouts. And yet…
…there’s Baseball America, sliding him behind prospects like Hayden Wesneski and Ken Waldichuk (as well as Pereira himself), ranking seventh on their newest list. Seventh! Just ahead of fast-riser Will Warren! Is this an example of the rest of the system passing a slow-to-rise Dominguez? Or something more?
Yankees’ Jasson Dominguez sliding down Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects List
Dominguez, previously a two-time Baseball America No. 1 Yankees prospect in 2020 and 2021 (two years where the list emerged prior to his full-season debut), doesn’t even hold the system’s “Best Power” superlative. That honor goes to his Tampa teammate Anthony Garcia, who’s currently 21 years old and possesses an absurd triple-slash of .196/.379/.371 with 11 homers. Gets on base a ton, hits for power, never hits otherwise … OK!
The 19-year-old Martian, who doesn’t turn 20 until next February, got his sea legs under him sometime in early May, eventually hitting .310 for the month. That was followed by a .241 average/.394 OBP in June, then a red-hot .320/.469 split through the first eight games of July.
And yet … that was somehow not enough in the most recent evaluations. It really seemed like Dominguez had fended all these boo birds off a few weeks ago.
Perhaps 20-year-old Dominguez playing at High-A/Double-A will be able to get some of his swagger back in 2023? Perhaps he does something special in Los Angeles at next week’s Futures Game?
Until then, just chalk it up as a win that surprising players like Warren and Pereira have emerged and crashed the Top 10, while knowing deep down that 19-year-old Dominguez has actually been fairly excellent.