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Jason Dominguez could be called up from the Yankees sooner rather than later

October 26, 2022; Surprise, Arizona, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Jason Dominguez plays for the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona League baseball game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

If any player has impressed the New York Yankees up to this point, it is Jason Dominguez, one of the best young players. Dominguez has rarely played a game at Double-A level with Somerset, and made just five starts last year after being promoted from Hudson Valley. 227 OBP across 22 at bats with Somerset, but the way he played this spring vindicated his readiness for MLB at some point during the 2023 season.

Against major league talent and triple-level pitchers, Dominguez celebrated in full this spring, recording eight hits, eight runs, four homers, nine RBIs, and a stolen base across 19 at bats. He hits .421 with .500 OBP and 1.553 OPS.

Dominguez is not focused on climbing the farm system but rather on showcasing his talents and showing his maturity ahead of the regular season.

“It’s not something on my mind,” Dominguez said, “I have to focus on the present.” “It’s not something I care about or think about.”

Management knows exactly what they have in the young phenomenon. At the age of 20, Jason has hardly played against higher levels of talent, but the way he swings the bat and the patience he shows has convinced the coaching staff that he’s progressing further than he first thought.

“He continues to show why we invest so heavily in him, which is fantastic. He’s an exciting talent. He’s determined and he’s hungry. He’s got all the attributes you need,” said Brian Cashman. “He has the physicality that matches competitive fire and the desire to succeed. Sky is the limit.”

Yankees Witness the Best Version of Jason Dominguez:

Dominguez has all the tools to be a formidable defensive and offensive player. Standing at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, “The Martian” sure has the frame to be a professional player, paired with speed and great athleticism. With Hudson Valley in 2022, at just 19 years old, he hit . 306 with a 0.397 OBP across 40 games. He’s climbing the farm system at an astronomical pace, leading Boone to believe he’ll be called “sooner rather than later.”

“The trajectory he’s on especially what we saw last year and what we’re seeing this spring, could throw himself into the mix sooner rather than later.”

At the end of the day, the Yankees can’t stop themselves from calling on their best talent, even if it means losing the game’s serving time. However, there is no doubt that Dominguez will likely start in the minor leagues. However, he can move up to Triple-A Scranton quickly, and put him in the mix to help ease tension with the Yankees if they need to supplement any injuries or commitments on the field. With injuries already mounting to the unreliability of Harrison Bader and Giancarlo Stanton as defensive piece, the Yankees need to consider Dominguez as a fix this year.

That doesn’t even mean the left center battle is currently unfolding. Aaron Hicks has been striking out two years in a row, and the Yankees don’t have a starting everyday to count on, so if Dominguez can continue hitting and show consistency in Triple-A, once he’s called up, who’s to say he doesn’t find himself in MLB competing at the highest level.

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