As Major League Baseball’s International Free Agency began on Tuesday, July 2nd, after months of speculation, the New York Yankees have officially inked top international prospect Jasson Dominguez to a minor league deal with a record-shattering $5.1 million signing bonus according to multiple reports.
An American League scout was quoted in the New York Post in saying “That tells you all you need to know about him.” While another scout said “That’s a crazy number and if the Yankees don’t give it to him, someone else will. That’s what teams think of his skills.”
Dominguez is listed at 5’11 and 195 pounds, the same exact measurements as Yankee legend Mickey Mantle. Everyone who has seen this kid has come out with rave reviews. Scouts, general managers, international scouting directors, and other front office personnel all gush over his 5-tool potential.
In fact, he has drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim All-Star Mike Trout. One executive reportedly even went off the record saying that Dominguez was absolutely better at 16 years old then Trout was.
The Dominican native is incredibly strong and is a physically mature teenager that is a switch-hitting outfielder, who was previously a catcher. Legend has Dominguez as a runner with world-class speed, power, and an absolute cannon for an arm. A combination that should leave him with no problem sticking in center field.
The 16-year old comes with the nickname ‘El Marciano’ which in English translates to The Martian. The name has stuck with him since he was 13-years old because his baseball tools are other-worldly.
Per Jeff Passan of ESPN, Dominguez is said to hit baseballs with an exit velocity of 110+ miles per hour on a regular basis, from both sides of the plate. Also, he has been clocked around 6.3 seconds in the 60-yard dash. That would place him quicker than the fastest 2019 MLB domestic prospect who spurned baseball in favor of playing cornerback at Louisiana State University.
Dominguez’s trainer Ivan Noboa said that hands down Jasson Dominguez was the best player that he has ever trained, and one of his former pupils include Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara.
New York has an allotted international bonus pool of around $5.4 million to spend in the 2019 signing period, so this leaves them with just $400,000 for the remainder of the free agent class. A gamble that should prove to pay dividends in a big way.
The Yankees have previously spent lavishly in the International market, but never like this on a single player. New York has only signed two other players for $3 million or more in the history of the organization. That list is comprised of infielder Dermis Garcia ($3.2 million in 2014) and All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez ($3 million in 2009).
Other notable names that have signed out of the Dominican Republic in recent years include Wader Franco, Vladimir Gurrero Jr., and Fernando Tatis Jr. All have been ranked in the top 3 in all of MLB’s top 100 prospect rankings by every reliable source, and none have generated this much buzz as Dominguez. He is said to be at their level or better when it’s all said and done.
Exciting times are ahead for sure! Yankee fans can most likely expect for Dominguez to make his stateside debut in 2020. Like others before him, he should begin the season in Tampa, FL at the Himes Player Development and Scouting Complex playing in minor league spring training, extended spring training and then the Gulf Coast League which begins in June.
Also, for those who are wondering, Dominguez might enter the Yankees system ahead of Estevan Florial and Deivi Garcia as the highest ranked prospect the Yankees have right now. It shouldn’t come as a shock at all if he happens to also crack top 100 prospect lists this winter by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.