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A top Yankees prospect showed a promising trend

A New York Yankees cap and Rawlings baseball glove during the MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 21, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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The New York Yankees have made a lot of trades in recent seasons.

They have brought in Joey Gallo, Anthony Rizzo, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Jose Trevino, Andrew Benintendi, Scott Effross, Lou Trivino, Frankie Montas, Harrison Bader and more.

Naturally, they have used a lot of prospects to close those deals.

He latched onto four youngsters who will be critical to the team’s future: Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, Oswaldo Cabrera and Jasson Dominguez.

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The first is considered the shortstop of the future, while Peraza and Cabrera are already contributing to the Major League team.

And Dominguez?

Well, Dan Kelly from Pinstripe Alley tells us a bit more about his year and a promising upward trend with his performance.

“Jasson Domínguez continued to improve as the year progressed. Games 1-12; .204/.218/.278. Games 13-31; .263/.341/.461. Games 32-84; .276/.408/.470. Games 85-125; .319/.422/.575 (Includes promotion to AA and playoffs),” Kelly, who specializes in Yankees prospects, tweeted.

Dominguez started the season at Low-A Tampa and looked like he didn’t belong as a pro for a handful of games.

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He slugged .278 in his first 12 games.

But the Yankees stuck to their plan and trusted his talent.

He began to show improvement in games 13-31, posting an .802 OPS.

At one point, Dominguez, nicknamed the “Martian,” was promoted to High-A Hudson Valley, where he posted a solid 146 wRC+ (league average is 100).

Had a great performance in the playoffs at Double-A

Since the Yankees wanted reinforcements for the Somerset Patriots (their Double-A affiliate) as they headed to the postseason, they called up Dominguez.

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The record will say he had a poor 59 wRC+ in five games, but that’s somewhat misleading because it doesn’t include the playoffs.

There, too, he was a beast.

His last 40 games, between High-A and Double-A, have hit an incredible .319/.422/.575.

It’s hard to believe he’s only 19 years old.

He has a great opportunity to open next season in Somerset.

From there, anything can happen.

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This child is special.


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