On fast track in '22, Domínguez heads to Fall League

September 17th, 2022

Jasson Domínguez, one of the most hyped international prospects, will play in the Arizona Fall League this offseason, representing the New York Yankees. Domínguez is slated to make his Fall League debut on Oct. 3 for the Mesa Solar Sox.

The Solar Sox will be composed of prospects from the Yankees, A’s, Cubs, Marlins and Rays.

Domínguez, the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect and MLB’s No. 42 overall prospect, looks to build on his impressive 2022 season in the Minors. He started his season at Single-A Tampa and slashed .265/.373/.440 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and 19 stolen bases before moving up the ranks.

Promoted to High-A Hudson Valley hours before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Los Angeles this July, “The Martian” showed his potential among the game’s greatest young stars near Hollywood. Domínguez blasted a two-run homer off the Giants’ No. 2 prospect, Kyle Harrison, in the third inning to tie the showcase game for the American League.

Domínguez’s home run made up for his earlier error in the game, when he dropped a routine fly ball that scored two runs. Those plays are growing pains to learn from and can be helpful in the development of players.

“That showed a lot of maturity,” Adrián Beltré, who was on the AL coaching staff, said after the Futures Game. “That’s an error that anyone can make. To put that behind him and do what he did at the plate shows the talent he has and his chance to be a great player in the big leagues.

“He’s got an incredible future. He’s young, but he’s got all the tools to be one of the best in the big leagues.”

Domínguez’s Single-A success and Futures Game blast carried into High-A Hudson Valley. In 40 games, he hit .306 with six homers, 22 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

Just this week, Domínguez was promoted to Double-A Somerset. He made his Double-A debut on Wednesday, batting 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, and he struck out twice more on Thursday.

Signed by the Yankees for $5.1 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2019, Domínguez has shown why he has a strong reputation. He made his first Futures Game last year at 18 years old before his nod this season.

The 19-year-old outfielder has all the tools to eventually make an impact in New York. Right now, Domínguez is still learning and not quite a complete product. The Arizona Fall League will be a great opportunity for him to get more experience and at-bats under his belt. It will also be a big help for his development.

“[The Yankees] have their plan, and they know what they’re doing,” Domínguez said after the Futures Game. “One of my main goals is to stay healthy, to keep working and to keep giving forth my best focus so that the results keep coming."

Domínguez will join six other Yankee prospects on the Solar Sox team: RHP Nelson Alvarez, RHP Yorlin Calderon, 3B/1B Tyler Hardman, RHP Shaine McNeely, RHP Leam Mendez and 1B T.J. Rumfield.