The New York Yankees made a monumental splash in 2019, signing pitcher Gerrit Cole to a record-breaking deal. If the latest video from outfielder Jasson Dominguez is any indication of what’s to come, the Yankees’ signing of the 17-year-old outfielder could be remembered as an even greater move.
New York signed Dominguez, the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 international free agent class, to a team-record $5.1 million contract in July 2019. Nicknamed “The Martian” coming out of the Dominican Republic, scouts have compared his raw talent to Mike Trout and his athletic ability to Bo Jackson.
New York Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez could become MLB’s Zion Williamson
The 17-year-old wasn’t invited to be a part of the Yankees’ spring training 2.0 and with no MiLB season, he won’t see any game action in the United States this year. He is working out on his own, though, and it’s hard not to look at him like Zion Williamson.
While Dominguez might only stand at 5-foot-10, the young outfielder seems to have added muscle to every inch of his frame. He showcased that strength and physique in a recent workout video, looking like a player who is ready to step into the lineup at Yankee Stadium.
While Zion Williamson (6-foot-7) might have a huge height advantage over Dominguez, both players seem to possess superhuman athleticism. In their 2020 scouting report, FanGraphs graded Dominguez at a 70-grade on the 20-80 scale.
Dominguez is also a switch-hitter capable of hitting bombs from either side of the plate and viewed as a plus defender in the future. Several international scouts told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that Dominguez’s raw tools are the best they’ve seen in decades.
Williamson was the star of college basketball for a year before becoming an instant favorite in the NBA, drawing in crowds everywhere he played. Fans want to see the greatest athletes in the world at the highest level and Williamson helped draw even more attention to the NBA.
MLB has struggled for years to market itself to a younger audience and hasn’t successfully promote a true star to the entire country. If Dominguez develops, based on his physical statue and talents, MLB could have its Zion Williamson.