Spring training can be a challenging time for baseball players as teams prepare for the upcoming season. For some players, conversations with their managers during a demotion can be difficult. However, for top outfield prospect Jasson Domínguez, his conversation with Yankees manager Aaron Boone was encouraging.
Positive Conversations: Aaron Boone and Jasson Domínguez
Boone’s chat with Domínguez after a game in Tampa, Florida, was simple and positive. The Yankees’ manager told the 20-year-old center fielder that he doesn’t plan on sending him down very often moving forward. Boone’s message was for Domínguez to continue building on his strong 12 months.
The Impressive Performance of Jasson Domínguez
Domínguez made a strong impression during spring training. He batted .455 with four homers and nine RBIs in 11 Grapefruit League games. Boone praised his ability to control the strike zone from both sides of the plate, showing maturity that often eludes young players.
More Seasoning Needed: The Importance of Experience
Despite his impressive performance, Domínguez was reassigned to Minor League camp, likely headed for Double-A Somerset. The young outfielder needs experience and more seasoning, which he’ll gain through regular playing time in the outfield. Boone noted that gaining experience is critical, and that message to “get after it” is essential for Domínguez’s future success.
Excitement for the Future: Hal Steinbrenner’s Perspective
Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner is excited about Domínguez’s future. The young player received a $5.1 million signing bonus in 2019, and Steinbrenner noted that the Yankees put a lot of money into him. He praised Domínguez’s strong performance during spring training and his progress from 2021 to 2022. Boone also noted that Domínguez’s future is bright, given his continued improvement over time.