The Yankees haven’t actually played since Sunday afternoon, but it’s still been a busy week for the team. Jasson Dominguez and Luis Medina appeared in the Futures Game, Trey Sweeney became New York’s first-round pick in the MLB Draft, Aaron Judge and others reported to Denver for All-Star Game festivities, and the Yankees made nine further draft selections yesterday. There are 10 further picks to be made today, but we already have news on other Baby Bombers already in the organization — particularly regarding that aforementioned uber-prospect.
Per MLB Pipeline and minor league writer Eli Fishman, Dominguez has already moved on from Rookie ball. The Yankees promoted the 18-year-old to Low-A Tampa after just seven games in the Florida Coast League. The numbers themselves weren’t impressive (.607 OPS), but that was never really the point of Dominguez playing in a complex league — it was more a tune-up to get him ready for the true test of Low-A on the Tarpons. Dominguez is the Yankees’ top prospect and ranked by MLB Pipeline as No. 24 in the entire sport, so the team understandably has confidence in challenging him.
Another name of note moving up is Anthony Volpe, who was their first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft (30th overall). After the pandemic blanked his 2020 from the slate, the Yankees started the 20-year-old off in 2021 at Low-A, and he’s been crushing it with a .302/.455/.623 triple slash, belting 18 doubles, 5 triples, and 12 homers in 54 games with a 185 wRC+. The shortstop has also flashed his wheels, swiping 21 bases in 26 attempts (with an assist from the new Low-A rule limiting pickoffs). Volpe just cracked Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list and will now be tested at High-A Hudson Valley with the Renegades, so if you’re in the area, check him out.
The Yankees also announced promotions of other minor leaguers who are well-regarded, though not quite top prospects on the same level of Dominguez or Volpe:
- Pitcher Glenn Otto (3.17 ERA & 0.918 WHIP, 65.1 IP) promoted from Double-A Somerset to Triple-A Scranton
- Outfielder Brandon Lockridge (.717 OPS, 32 G) promoted from High-A Hudson Valley to Double-A Somerset
- Outfielders Pat DeMarco (.852 OPS, 48 G) and Jake Sanford (.808 OPS, 52 G) promoted from Low-A Tampa to High-A Hudson Valley
- Outfielders Ryder Green (1.136 OPS, 6 G) and Aldenis Sanchez (.000 OPS, 2 G) promoted from FCL to Low-A Tampa
We’ll keep you posted with any other midseason promotion news. We’re looking forward to seeing how these Baby Bombers tackle the next level.