Jasson Dominguez highlights full list of Yankees spring training non-roster invitees

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This year, it seems more than any other in recent Yankees memory, the team's non-roster invitees have a legitimate chance to steal an Opening Day roster spot rather than simply steal our hearts.

Of course, that optimism -- knowing how many spots are up for grabs -- could also result in another rerun of the same old, same old.

That, of course, involves an unknown hitting .438 with 4 spring homers, getting unceremoniously dumped to Triple-A and inciting outrage, only for said unknown to be hitting .218 at Triple-A in mid-May, which incites a whole bunch of, "Oh, yeah, rights".

This time around, the Yankees need a left fielder, which could turn out to be Oswaldo Cabrera/Aaron Hicks ... or could be a player from the deep NRI abyss.

New York will also be keeping an eye on Anthony Volpe, who unsurprisingly made the list, as well as two other key prospects who might be expected to help sooner rather than later: Austin Wells and Jasson Dominguez, who turned 20 years old on Tuesday but already showed a level of mastery during the Double-A playoffs.

Yankees Non-Roster Invitees for 2023 Spring Training: Jasson Dominguez, Anthony Volpe, Andres Chaparro

Another pretty solid opportunity ahead for Dominguez to prove Keith Law right and Randy Miller wrong.

Watching Dominguez run with the big boys will be instructional, to a certain degree; many evaluators agree his body may finally be maxed out, meaning all that's left is repetition and nuance. Dominguez will not break camp with the Yankees, but can get a jump on Double-A by showing off an improved work ethic and using his reps to work on recognizing big-league breakers.

Also notably included is third base slugger Andres Chaparro, who wasn't stolen in the Rule 5 Draft, and is the odds-on favorite to win fans' hearts in pursuit of an Opening Day gig. Maybe by mid-May.

There are no tremendous surprises this time around, no hidden big-league reclamation projects whose presence is only determined when they appear on this list (eg, Derek Dietrich a couple of years ago). Wilmer Difo showed some pop as a middle-infield option, Billy McKinney has returned to his old stomping grounds, and Rafael Ortega is out to win the left-field gig outright (as I will continue to predict until it does or does not happen).

This time around, though, the prospects are the center pieces, and Dominguez has a chance for a coming out party equivalent to what Volpe did pre-camp last year, when he posed with Judge and Stanton and declared himself to be the future.