The New York Yankees are entering the 2021 season with a very real chance to win it all, and there’s still plenty of young talent rising through the ranks throughout the farm system.
Two of those prospects, Jasson Dominguez and Deivi Garcia, were recently acknowledged as two of the best in the game by ESPN MLB insider Kiley McDaniel, who posted a top 100 rankings list of the best prospects in baseball Thursday.
At just 18 years of age and with no professional experience yet on his baseball résumé, Dominguez, also known as “El Marciano” or “The Martian,” came in at No. 40 on McDaniel’s 2021 list, confirming that the widespread hype surrounding the youngster is no joke.
“Dominguez is the most-hyped international prospect in some time,” McDaniel writes. “He has the tools to play anywhere on the field.”
A switch-hitter with out-of-this-world power (pun intended) who can also run the base paths with 70-grade speed, Dominguez has already claimed the top spot in virtually every Yankees prospect list to be found and has drawn MLB comparisons (fairly or unfairly) to players like Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle.
Though he may not arrive on the big-league stage for a few more years, the intrigue around Dominguez will surely keep Yankees fans clamoring to see him on the fast-track to the Bronx.
“A scout willing to be aggressive could grade each of Dominguez's five tools as well above average, and his instincts are nearly as impressive as his physical ability,” reads Dominguez’s official MLB.com prospect description. “His well above-average speed gives him 30-30 potential and makes him a quality defender in center field.”
Whenever The Martian eventually lands at Yankee Stadium, he’ll be a safe bet to make an instant impact in the Yankees lineup and could ultimately become a star for years to come.
Also joining Dominguez on McDaniel’s top 100 list is 21-year-old right-hander Deivi Garcia at No. 71, who wowed in his MLB debut with six innings of one-run ball (zero earned) and six strikeouts against the Mets back on Aug. 30, 2020.
“[Garcia] has performed well at every level, has an easy plus high-spin curveball, a changeup that flashes plus, command that is at least above average and a fastball he can run up to 96 mph,” McDaniel writes. “Garcia's profile fits the direction pitching is trending.”
At just 5-foot-9, some question whether Garcia’s lean frame will be able to support the kind of workload a top-end starter is expected to provide at the big-league level, but if he’s anything like the pitcher he grew up idolizing, a similarly slender Pedro Martinez, Garcia can become a dominant force in the Yankees rotation.
Garcia made six starts during the 2020 regular season and one against the Rays in last year’s ALDS, but during his ascent through the Minor Leagues, he struck out 416 batters in just 293 2/3 innings, good for a K/9 rate of 12.7.
“While [Garcia] had a reputation for having one of the best curves in the Minors, it fluctuated in consistency in the Majors and his low-80s slider was nearly as effective,” per MLB.com. “He also dodges bats with a fastball that ranges from 91-97 mph with high spin rates that give it riding life up in the strike zone, and he flashes a solid changeup with fading action.”
With a blistering fastball and his signature off-speed offerings, Garcia has the makings of a dynamic pitcher with ample upside as he continues to get more comfortable at the Major League level, and it’s easy to forget that he’s still just 21 years old.
The Yankees have made a habit of uncovering highly effective pitchers with huge velocity in the international market and through the draft over the last several years, and Garcia looks to have a chance to become the next homegrown sensation to toe the rubber in the Bronx.
The Bombers are now gearing up for the start of Spring Training where Garcia will be eyeing a job in the starting rotation behind one of the game’s very best in Gerrit Cole, and young Deivi’s development will be fascinating to watch unfold.
For Dominguez, the path to The Show may be a bit further away, but he’ll almost certainly maintain his top spot in Yankees prospect rankings until his highly anticipated MLB call-up finally takes place.
Be sure to tune into YES Network all year long for the latest Yankees news and developments, and check out the latest edition of Yankees Magazine for more on Garcia and Dominguez’s bright futures.