Baseball America just released its official midseason update of the annual top 100 prospects list. Prior to the season, BA ranked three Yankees in the top 100, and the names didn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Wunderkind Jasson Dominguez was No. 33, and pitchers Deivi García and Clarke Schmidt ranked No. 55 and No. 64, respectively.
As of the midseason update, the Yankees still have three prospects in the top 100 — Dominguez just has some different names accompanying him at the top of the Bombers’ chart. Dominguez was the cream of the crop, placing at No. 29 on the update. He started the year in Rookie ball and only just made his full-season debut at Low-A Tampa in mid-July after his Futures Game appearance. In 10 games for the Tarpons, the 18-year-old has already flashed his remarkable potential with a .300/.378/.475 triple slash and his first professional homer.
Jasson Dominguez with his first career homer!— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) July 16, 2021
99 mph off the bat; 344 ft. pic.twitter.com/42FnnuwzQa
Shortstop Anthony Volpe was the team’s top pick of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Delbarton, and he has been nothing short of tremendous in a breakout 2021, batting a combined .306/.449/.629 with 24 doubles, 15 homers, and 21 stolen bases in 65 games for Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley. BA also noted that he’s posted some of the best exit velocity numbers in his league. The 20-year-old cracked the top 100 at the beginning of July, and his officially midseason rank has been adjusted to No. 86 overall. (Keith Law of The Athletic had Volpe even higher at No. 42.)
Joining Volpe is another shortstop, Oswald Peraza, who began the year in Volpe’s current position at Hudson Valley before earning a bump up to Double-A Somerset in June. It’s been a very nice year for the 21-year-old out of Venezuela, who has hit a combined .297/.363/.498 with 21 doubles, 10 homers, and 25 stolen bases in 68 games. BA praised his power/speed combination and ranked him No. 92 overall after initially adding him to the preliminary list back in June.
It’s all good news on the position player front, but pitchers García and Schmidt took unsurprising steps back in falling off the list. García has been rocked in Triple-A this year, showing almost no control whatsoever, and Schmidt only just got into his first meaningful action today while rehabbing down in Rookie ball after missing the first several months with an elbow injury. So it goes.