The New York Yankees blindsided fans in the best way possible when it was reported both Jasson Dominguez (No. 1 prospect) and Austin Wells (No. 8 prospect) would be the team's two promotions when rosters expanded on Sept. 1.
They've never shown that kind of aggression before with developing talent. They didn't even do that with Anthony Volpe, who was in Triple-A for the month of September last year after lighting Double-A on fire.
But there's an urgency like there's never been in the modern era. And the organization wants to see what they have in some of their most coveted assets. There's no time to be wasted, as evidenced by the team's lineup for Friday's series opener against the Houston Astros.
Dominguez batting fifth. Volpe batting sixth. Wells batting seventh. Pereira batting eighth. Peraza batting ninth. The future is here (for now).
It's up to this crew to prove the stay will last long. Either way, it's something to be excited about for the final month of what's become a lost season. Fans wanted something to watch and be invested in. They got it.
Yankees' fun lineup after September promotions gives fans a reason to be excited
Dominguez already dominated in spring training and then finally got a taste of Triple-A and blew the doors off. Wells has progressed very nicely throughout his minor-league career and may have been here already if not for an offseason rib injury. They both hit from the left side of the plate. Change! Would you look at that.
Volpe's recent hot streak is starting to set the tone for 2024. Fans need to see more from Pereira and Peraza before penciling them into the plans, but that's what the final 28 games will be for. There's enough fluff and competition over the final month for there to be a definitive gauge on their future fits.
This lineup used to be packed with names like Jake Bauers, Billy McKinney, Kyle Higashioka, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Willie Calhoun, Josh Donaldson, Aaron Hicks and Franchy Cordero. Last year it was Marwin Gonzalez, Miguel Andújar, Tim Locastro, Joey Gallo and Ronald Guzman. It's been unbearable.
A breath of fresh air was the least anybody could ask for. A shred of optimism. Feels good. And even if it doesn't work out, we can say we tried.