Back in early July I imagined one possible future for a Yankees team that was struggling, and two months later most of the moves I suggested back then have come to pass. Oswald Peraza has been playing third base for a few weeks, Josh Donaldson was finally released, and the Yankees have firmly embraced the future, admitting that there isn’t much to hope for in the present.
I’ll admit that it never occurred to me that they’d waive center fielder Harrison Bader just to save three quarters of a million dollars, but they might simply have felt like his spot on the 40-man roster was worth more than that. Bader’s roster spot, and possibly his position in center field, will be filled on Friday in Houston by Jasson Domínguez.
While Domínguez might only be the Yankee’s #2 overall prospect, he’s likely #1 in Yankee fans’ hearts. Since the day he signed back in 2019 at the age of sixteen for $5.1 million, a franchise record for an international free agent, the stories surrounding the young Dominican have been the stuff of legend. Nothing that happens in Houston this weekend will determine whether he turns out to be Mickey Mantle or Paul Bunyan or Rubén Rivera, but I’m certain people will be watching.
Promoted along with Dominguez will be catcher Austin Wells, meaning that five of the Yankees’ top six prospects entering 2023 will be in the dugout. If Aaron Boone adds these two newcomers to the lineup along with the youngsters already there, we could see one of the youngest Yankees lineups in the past few decades. Imagine this…
1B D.J. LeMahieu
RF Aaron Judge
2B Gleyber Torres
DH Giancarlo Stanton
CF Jasson Dominguez
C Austin Wells
SS Anthony Volpe
3B Oswald Peraza
LF Everson Pereira
It promises to be an interesting weekend.