Yankees’ prospect Jasson Domínguez turns into staff’s youngest participant to homer in first MLB at-bat


Domínguez is the primary Yankees participant to go deep in his preliminary large league at-bat since Aaron Choose in 2016.

Jasson Domínguez in Spring Coaching. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip, File) AP

HOUSTON (AP) — New York Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone vividly remembers the poise and confidence a 16-year-old Jasson Domínguez displayed when he watched him take batting apply on the staff’s academy within the Dominican Republic in 2019.

“Proper then he received your consideration,” Boone mentioned. “It was like, it’s a 16-year-old child (and) you see the ability set proper in entrance of you. He had that form of straightforward smile to him, handles himself very well.”

Domínguez wowed everybody Friday evening, hitting a two-run homer off Houston ace Justin Verlander in his first main league at-bat.

At simply 20 years, 206 days outdated, Domínguez grew to become the youngest Yankees participant to homer in his first profession sport. He was the primary Yankees participant to go deep in his preliminary large league at-bat since Aaron Choose on Aug. 13, 2016.

After Domínguez swatted his opposite-field residence run to the brief porch in left off a three-time Cy Younger Award winner twice his age, TV cameras panned to his household, who screamed and jumped round after watching the ball depart the yard for a 3-0 lead within the first inning.

4 years after Boone noticed him taking batting apply as an adolescent, the extremely touted prospect was an enormous hit in his large league debut. The switch-hitting outfielder and one other promising teen, catcher Austin Wells, have been known as up from the minors by the last-place Yankees when rosters expanded Friday.

“Everybody’s excited for them and excited to see them,” Boone mentioned earlier than the sport. “Each (are) proficient guys who earned this chance, and searching ahead to watching them go unfold their wings and proceed to develop and hopefully see some good issues.”

Domínguez is predicted to be the staff’s on a regular basis heart fielder after Harrison Bader was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, and Boone mentioned Wells may also play so much over the past month of the season. They have been each within the beginning lineup Friday evening, with Domínguez batting fifth and Wells seventh.

“Once I heard the information, it was a particular second,” Domínguez mentioned in Spanish by a translator. “Simply to be right here, very excited. Blissful to be proper right here right this moment, and it’s a big day.”

Wells is regarded extra for his bat than his protection, however he’s hoping to point out he generally is a invaluable contributor in each areas within the majors.

“I’m right here to do this as properly and play and assist the staff win,” he mentioned. “So, that’s my objective and if I can do it in any method, I’ll do it any method.”

Expectations have been excessive for Domínguez since he obtained a $5.1 million bonus when he signed with the Yankees. His distinctive mixture of energy and pace at such a younger age earned him a catchy nickname: The Martian.

However he mentioned he doesn’t really feel any added stress due to that.

“I haven’t actually been paying an excessive amount of consideration to all that, all of the feedback and all of the details about me,” he mentioned. “I’m not a lot on social media. I’m not studying a variety of the totally different articles which can be written. I simply attempt to give attention to what I can do and attempt to play my sport and higher myself in order that I can fulfill no matter expectation there’s being the perfect I could be.”

Domínguez was set to change into the youngest participant to seem in a sport for the Yankees since 19-year-old pitcher José Rijo in July 1984 — and the youngest place participant since 20-year-old outfielder Stan Javier in April 1984.

Boone is definitely conscious of the expectations individuals have for Domínguez and believes he’ll stay as much as them.

“I feel he’s going to be a extremely good participant,” Boone mentioned. “I actually do. (He’s) not a completed product. And we’ll see how his journey goes. He’s clearly a really younger man, tremendous proficient. I feel after we search for in a number of years, we’re going to see a extremely good participant in entrance of us and he will get to begin to write that script, within the large leagues anyway, beginning right this moment.”

Domínguez joins the staff after taking part in simply 9 video games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. He hit .419 with two doubles and 10 RBIs there after batting .254 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs in 109 video games for Double-A Somerset.

The 24-year-old Wells singled off Verlander in his first plate look. Wells hit .254 with 5 homers and 20 RBIs in 33 video games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was a first-round draft select of Arizona in 2020.

Domínguez had a bunch of family and friends members in Houston for Friday evening’s sport, together with his mom and father and a few aunts and uncles.

He mentioned he’s at all times dreamed of taking part in within the majors, however he tries to give attention to the current moderately than fear an excessive amount of in regards to the future.

“I focus so much on my day after day and on what I have to do to maintain enhancing or if there’s a sure ability that I’ve received to enhance,” he mentioned. “So, to me, I attempt to maintain it quite simple. However now we’re right here within the large leagues and now I’ve an opportunity to style a number of the league and attempt to continue learning from it.”