The Yankees reassigned Jasson Dominguez to the minor league camp on Thursday, however Aaron Boone doesn’t foresee extra demotions within the outfielder’s future.
“I told him I don’t plan on sending him down very often moving forward,” the skipper mentioned Friday, recalling a dialog he had with the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, the earlier evening. Boone additionally advised Dominguez to maintain constructing on what’s been a yr of great progress.
Boone added that the plan is to maneuver Dominguez across the outfield, which may theoretically expedite his huge league arrival — relying on the Yankees’ roster wants within the coming months. Dominguez has solely performed middle area since his professional profession started.
Dominguez loved his first huge league camp this spring, hitting .455 with a 1.565 OPS, 4 dwelling runs, 9 RBI and a stolen base. Still simply 20 years previous, “The Martian” made a robust impression on Boone.
“He’s probably a lot closer now and certainly on our radar with how the last 12 months have gone,” the supervisor mentioned earlier than the Yankees’ spring coaching sport in opposition to the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. “He performed really well. Now, the work doesn’t end. Make sure your focus is on going down there and getting after it and continue to get a little bit better at all the small things, because I think we all believe he can be impactful up here.”
Signed to a franchise-record-setting $5.1 million signing bonus as a 16-year-old in 2019, the Dominican-born Dominguez didn’t make his organizational debut till 2021 after the pandemic canceled the minor league season in 2020. He offered combined outcomes over 57 video games between Rookie ball and Single-A (50 video games at Single-A), slashing .252/.353/.379 with 5 longballs, 19 RBI and 9 swipes.
Last season supplied a clearer glimpse of what made Dominguez a coveted worldwide prospect, as he hit .273/.376/.461 with seven triples, 16 homers, 59 RBI and 37 stolen bases over 120 video games at Single-A, High-A and Double-A. Dominguez struggled over a short five-game regular-season stint at Double-A (.105/.227/.368 with one HR), however he thrived over simply as many playoff video games for Somerset, logging a .450 common whereas including three homers and 10 RBI.
Now the query is when Dominguez will land within the Bronx, although he’s but to play at Triple-A. Boone mentioned that the place Dominguez begins the minor league season is as much as New York’s participant improvement personnel, although the expectation is that he’ll return to Double-A.
“[I’m] excited to see where this year takes him,” Boone continued, “and who knows where it ends up.”