For all intents and purposes, it seemed like Jasson Dominguez’s 2022 season would end with two different forms of thunder. He mashed powerful home runs from both sides of the plate in Saturday’s game with High-A Hudson Valley, then saw his Sunday finale washed out, ending the 2022 Renegades schedule and effectively putting a cap on his campaign.
The Yankees, typically reserved with their top prospects, had surprising alternate plans.
Dominguez’s breakout 2022 campaign isn’t over, and it isn’t because he’ll be heading to the postseason Arizona Fall League (though you never know…). Turns out, the Yankees have decided to promote The Martian to Double-A Somerset for the final week of their regular season, as well as the playoffs to follow.
He’ll be joined by fellow Renegade Tyler Hardman, who similarly rebounded in the second half to make a name for himself ahead of 2023. Unfortunately, neither player will team up with fellow top prospect Everson Pereira, who’ll hit the IL for the stretch run (which likely spurred the Dominguez move).
You know what they say about making assumptions? We apologize for allowing the Yankees’ typical development patterns to make an A out of U and Me and Jasson.
Yankees top prospect Jasson Dominguez to finish 2022 season at Double-A
Not bad for a teenage dirtbag, baby!
Dominguez, still 19 years old until February, may be en route to meeting the most absurd level of hype the Yankees’ system has seen in decades. Those who are furious he’s not already Juan Soto or Wander Franco by now might want to reevaluate their assessments and un-jump to the conclusion that everyone’s development is linear.
The Yankees saw Dominguez triple-slash .306/.397/.510 after being moved out of his comfort zone at High-A, and decided to push the envelope one final time, putting their prized prospect in a room full of 21-and-older players during the most important few weeks of their season.
Sounds like a vote of confidence for the still-developing Dominguez, as well as a pretty strong rebuke of whichever anonymous scout spent the whole summer saying the slugger had an attitude problem.
Stay anonymous, fella.
The Yankees “better hope he takes care of his body” these next few weeks in Double-A, too. Can never be too careful.
Like with Anthony Volpe’s elevation to Triple-A, the Yankees clearly are hoping Dominguez gets his feet wet at the level this fall before restarting his journey with Somerset next spring, too.
Sure, the path isn’t always linear, but Dominguez’s 2022 has represented a fairly cut-and-dried straight line pointed upwards. Sure beats “walking away disappointed because [you] don’t see what the Yankees see.”