When the minor league season began, in early April, the New York Yankees decided to recruit outfielder Jason Dominguez to the Tampa Tarpons in Lowe, the level he had completed last year.
It was a logical decision: he held his own there with a .744 OPS, but he could not really dominate the level to be promoted to a very difficult high-A.
To the surprise of many, he started the 2022 season in an ugly recession.
From April 8 to April 23, he batted .204 / .218 / .278 without Homer, in the presence of four doubles and a .496 OPS 55 plate, an ugly 1.8 percent walk rate and a 36.4 percent strikeout rate.
Since April 24, however, he’s really turned his season around: he’s slashing .314 / .398 / .593 with a .991 OPS and five home runs.
Since the calendar was reversed in May, Dominguez has been a Mars rover, just like his nickname.
– The Bronx Central (BronxCentral) May 25, 2022
Some other world game is going on in Lo-A of Mars
His overall line-up is a solid .271 / .333 / .471 with a .805 OPS and he’s starting to show the legendary strength that prompted the Yankees to pay him a $ 5 million bonus a few years ago.
The most impressive part of this is that Dominguez is still 19 years old: he is much younger than the average player at his level.
He still has to reduce the strikeout (more than 30 percent of his K rate season), but it should come with time and experience.
For now, he is showing that he is a heater above average at his level.
If he can continue mashing for a few more months and reduce his strikeouts, he may find himself at the high end of the year.
It will be a win for the Yankees.