The Yankees are still very high on Dominguez, who is nicknamed “The Martian.”
With minor league camp starting February 7 for players not on the 40-main roster, Dominguez will have an opportunity to showcase his skills.
At the age of 16 years old, Dominguez was singed for $5.1 million dollars.
His first season of professional baseball was 2021, due to the pandemic canceling the minor league season in 2020. In 56 games in rookie and low-A ball last year, the 18-year-old put up a decent .252 batting average with five home runs and 19 runs batted in. He stole nine bases and got caught trying to steal three times. Dominguez struck out 73 times and drew 27 walks in 241 plate appearances.
An American League scout said of Dominguez, “He was good. He has great raw power. He can hit the ball a mile if gets a hold of it, He’ll get better with the strikeouts I am sure. He looked stockier than I remembered. He may have to move to a corner (rather than play center field.) He’s a nice looking player.”
Kevin Reese, the recently promoted vice president of player development, said that Dominguez will be in the Low Class-A again for apart of the year and then, work his way into a promotion to High Class-A at Hudson Valley. High Class-A is the third highest level to play in the minor league system while Triple-A is at the top.
There is a quote that Reese says about Dominguez. “Everywhere he goes, he’s turning heads, said Reese, His ability to connect with people, his ability to lead at such a young age, the exit velocity, the speed. Some of the measurables that we do on our performance science side, it’s all off the charts. We just want get him to play more baseball; I think all of the skill is there , all of the ability is there.”
Rachel Balkovec, who is the first woman to manage an affiliated team, the Tampa Tarpons, was raving about Dominguez. “I think the conversation very much is, okay, he can hit the ball hard. We all know that, Balkovec said. “But I think once people understand that kind of person he is,- he’s a phenomenal person in the clubhouse. His aptitude is so high. He wants to learn. We’re literally doing offseason English classes right now. He and I aren’t talking much about baseball. We’re talking about English classes so he can be a better person in the clubhouse , and be a leader for both Latin American and American players in his future. Everyone knows his baseball talent , that’s obvious, but behind closed doors people need to understand he’s a really special person. What he brings to the clubhouse from a character standpoint is phenomenal.”
Let’s see what Dominguez does in the minor leagues this upcoming season starting on April 8th!
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