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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/12/21

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Jasson Dominguez and Luis Medina take part in Futures Game festivities, Martian predicts arrival; Yankees go with lefty-hitting infielder as top draft pick; Jameson Taillon reacts to stunning loss vs. Houston

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NY Post │ Ken Davidoff The Yankees’ best prospect, outfielder Jasson Dominguez, told the media when he expects to be ready to contribute to the big league team. “Yeah, my goal is to hopefully be there in about three or four years,” he said on Sunday at Coors Field before the All-Star Futures Game. That seems like a reasonable timeframe for the talented slugger to complete his journey through the minor leagues.

Yahoo! Sports │ Garrett Stepien Dominguez, who hit an impressive batting-practice homer earlier on Sunday, made a pinch-hit appearance in the Futures game and hit a line drive directly to the glove on third baseman Nolan Gorman. He then struck out two times to finish 0-for-3. Pitching prospect Luis Medina, meanwhile, threw a scoreless inning, allowing two hits and one walk but fanning two batters while lighting up the radar gun:

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: As also reported here yesterday, the Yankees selected another left-handed bat with their first pick of the 2021 MLB Draft. They took Eastern Illinois shortstop Trey Sweeney with the 20th selection of the night. He is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound masher that may have to change positions in the future, but projects to hit for both average and power if he develops correctly. The Bombers have several middle infield prospects, but they liked Sweeney’s offensive profile enough to make him their first pick.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch The Yankees were winning 7-2 late in Sunday’s game against the Astros. The bullpen had a monumental meltdown and Houston ended up taking the victory 8-7 on a walk-off homer by Jose Altuve. The game – the whole series, really – had been filled by snarky provocations by both teams. “You couldn’t have written down a more crazy script for a game to end,” said the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon. “With it being Altuve; I know the history here. This loss sucks. It’s definitely wild that Altuve came through in that spot.”