Whenever the trade deadline approaches, baseball’s top prospects often see their names mentioned in the rumor mill. The Martian is no exception.
Jasson Domínguez is the Yankees’ third-best prospect, according to MLB.com, but the Dominican native is arguably their most famous farmhand after signing a $5.1 million contract as a 16-year-old in 2019. Now 19, Domínguez has heard commercial whispers mentioning him as the August 2 deadline fast approaches. But he does his best to dampen the noise.
“He hears some of it, but he never pays too much attention to it,” said Jose Javier, translating for Domínguez, when the young outfielder was asked about the trade rumours, according to the Stephen Haynes of the Poughkeepsie Journal. “He never reads social media in depth, like comments and stuff. So he never pays too much attention.
Domínguez spoke to reporters on Wednesday, his first media session with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Yankees’ High Single-A affiliate. Domínguez made his Renegades debut on July 22 after spending his first 75 games of the season with the Single-A Tampa Tarpons. The hitter got off to a good start with Hudson Valley, recording one home run, two stolen bases, five RBIs and seven hits in his first four games with the club.
Domínguez cut .266/.374/.440 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 324 plate appearances for the Tarpons.
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Now in just his second professional season, Domínguez has been highly publicized since signing his star contract. He even drew comparisons to Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle.
While such expectations are arguably unfair for a teenager, all the fanfare surrounding Domínguez has made his name a popular name in the rumor mill. The same goes for shortstops Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, the two prospects ranked ahead of Domínguez in the New York system.
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