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Postby rpimpsner » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:19 am

Matt Kardos had the chance to talk with Deivi Garcia. Here is the feature he did:

https://pinstripedprospects.com/deivi-g ... e-a-42419/
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Postby BigGuy » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:15 am

How Yankees’ top catching prospect is turning heads

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Top Yankees catching prospect Anthony Seigler, their top pick in 2018. (File photo)

By Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Julio Mosquera spent 13 seasons as a catcher in the minor leagues and made big-league appearances with the Blue Jays and Brewers. The 47-year-old knows catching.

So far, Mosquera, the Yankees’ manager at Low-A Charleston, likes what he’s seen from the organization’s top catching prospect Anthony Seigler.

“He has impressed me a lot,” Mosquera said in a phone interview recently. “He’s got a lot of ability.”

MLB Pipeline ranks Seigler the team’s No. 6 prospect.

Mosquera hasn’t had a particularly long look at Seigler, the team’s first-round pick (No. 23 overall), this season, but he also knows him from working with the 20-year-old at the team’s player development complex in spring training. Seigler was also hurt for some of the spring, dealing with a quadriceps strain.

As of Sunday night, Seigler was hitting .276 with no homers and one RBI in nine games and 29 at-bats at Charleston, where he’s about 1-1/2 years younger than the average player in the South Atlantic League.

What Mosquera most appreciates has been Seigler’s feel for the game and his maturity.

“He’s got a lot of baseball knowledge for a young kid,” said Mosquera, who also worked with Austin Romine and Gary Sanchez as they rose through the Yankees’ system.

It jumped out at Mosquera when he realized how good Seigler can be at calling time out and talking to his pitchers.

“It’s just the way he manages the game,” Mosquera said. “He’s got a good feel for it. He’s got a good feel for what the pitcher is trying to do to the hitters. He makes a lot of good decisions behind the plate. He makes adjustments fast. All of this helps him stay in the game. He’s a leader back there for his pitching staff, and for his age that’s really good.”
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Postby BigGuy » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:01 pm

The legend of The Martian, the Yankees' $5 million, 16-year-old international coup

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Courtesy Jasson Dominguez

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In the tight-knit world of baseball in the Dominican Republic, the legend of the kid spread quickly. He was a switch-hitter with world-class speed, an arm nobody would challenge and the body of a man. Someone called him El Marciano, and the nickname stuck. The Martian, it meant. Because there was no way he was from this world.

The praise for Jasson Dominguez started when he was barely a teenager, and it abounds still. And come this Tuesday, when he is expected to formalize a deal with the New York Yankees that includes a $5 million signing bonus, the 16-year-old center fielder instantaneously will become the most fascinating prospect for the game's most storied team, his debut next year eagerly anticipated by those who haven't seen him as well as by those who have.

That latter group includes general managers, international scouting directors and other front-office personnel -- professional skeptics -- who still can't help but lavish Dominguez with the sort of compliments reserved for the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent. Nearly every description begins with a caveat that goes something like: "I know this sounds crazy, but ... "

"But," one general manger who has seen him said, "he's like [Mike] Trout. And Trout wasn't close to this good when he was 16."

"But," an international scouting director who tried and failed to sign Dominguez said, "it's like Mickey Mantle. He's not 6-foot. He's a switch-hitter. He's got crazy power. He's fast as s---. He loves playing."

"But," another general manager said, "he's like -- what's that running back's name? The short, strong one? Maurice Jones-Drew. He's all muscle. But it's not stiff. He's twitchy. Can move in all directions."

Another veteran international scouting director didn't offer a player comparison but did summarize Dominguez simply: "He's the best July 2 player I've ever seen."

July 2 is the annual signing day for international amateurs, and in recent years as technological advances and superior scouting practices have helped better identify the best Latin American players, Dominguez has distinguished himself on raw numbers. He regularly reaches upward of 110 mph exit velocities swinging from both sides of the plate. Only 28 major leaguers have hit a ball 110 mph at least 10 times this season. Dominguez, two scouts said, has clocked around 6.3 seconds in the 60-yard dash. That's faster than Mo Hampton, arguably the best athlete in the MLB draft class of 2019, who decided instead to play cornerback at LSU this year.

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This is not like the days of Jackson Melian, a hyped Yankees prospect from Venezuela who never made the major leagues. The conviction is stronger, the signings seen less as gambles and more as investments. It's what invites the comparisons -- that they're not based on physique or some other intangible alone.

"Jasson has a game that's very much like Mike Trout -- except he's a switch-hitter," said Ivan Noboa, Dominguez's trainer in the Dominican Republic. "It's a hard name for me to say, because it's really high expectations for a 16-year-old. But what Jasson is we all know. I know it's a little bit unfair to put them next to each other. It's a heavy weight to carry. But if someone can do it, it's him."

Dominguez arrived at Noboa's academy around his 13th birthday. Even then, he cut a strong figure, different from the wiry boys Noboa had hoped would grow into something. Today, Dominguez is 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, the exact measurements Mantle was listed at during his playing days.

Every day at Noboa's academy, Dominguez woke up before the sun rose and started his training regimen. He was a natural left-handed hitter whose right-handed stroke caught up. He took reps at shortstop and even catcher, but his speed suited him best in center. At one point, Noboa said, he started to think about where Dominguez stood among those he had trained, including Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara. That answer was clear: the best.


"I've been doing this for a long time," Noboa said, "and it's not just the guys who train with me. He's the greatest talent I've seen."

It's a talent few have seen by design. Unlike the Dominican Prospect League and International Prospect League, organizations that showcase young Latin American players across a multitude of games, Noboa prefers private workouts. Dominguez rarely if ever played in games against teams comprised of non-Noboa-trained players. One international scout said it scared him off of Dominguez.

That didn't stop others. Among those who expressed significant interest in signing Dominguez, according to sources, were the Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels. Each was fighting an uphill battle, considering the history of the Dominguez family.

"Jasson has a game that's very much like Mike Trout -- except he's a switch-hitter. It's a hard name for me to say, because it's really high expectations for a 16-year-old. I know it's a little bit unfair to put them next to each other. It's a heavy weight to carry. But if someone can do it, it's him."
Ivan Noboa, Jasson Dominguez's trainer

Before Dominguez was born in February 2003, his father, Felix Dominguez, and his mother, Dorca Gonzalez, were trying to settle on a name. His dad had the perfect one: Jasson, like Jason Giambi. Yes, Felix Dominguez, an enormous Yankees fan, really did name his son after Jason Giambi, and, yes, that second "s" really is superfluous and it's pronounced like Jason.

The Yankees' affinity for Jasson Dominguez can be summed up by his cost. Rarely does a 16-year-old Latin American player demand $5 million, let alone get it. In an unrestricted market, a player like Dominguez, two international directors said, would receive at least a $10 million bonus. The league's collective bargaining agreement limits what teams can spend on international amateur talent. The largest bonus pool is $6.48 million. The Yankees' limit is slightly less than $5.4 million. Essentially, they believe Dominguez is worth more than 90 percent of their pool, which itself says something considering the Yankees' recent success in the Latin American market.

The reality: Every team knows how valuable a high-caliber prospect can be. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. project to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars each. Even though he's only 18, Wander Franco, now the game's No. 1 prospect, could well develop into a $100 million shortstop for the Rays. Before Dominguez, Franco had received the largest signing bonus since fixed pools were instituted: $3.825 million. Dominguez, multiple evaluators said, is that level of player -- "and he might be better," according to one.
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Postby rpimpsner » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:48 am

We had the chance to talk to Yankees prospect Evan Alexander about his approach at the plate. Check that out here:

https://pinstripedprospects.com/evan-al ... ate-42793/
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Postby rpimpsner » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:00 pm

Michael King on the way back, more info here:

https://pinstripedprospects.com/railrid ... day-43006/
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Postby rpimpsner » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:53 am

We talked with TJ Sikkema and his coaches in SI. Check out what they are saying about the LHP:
https://pinstripedprospects.com/tj-sikk ... and-42929/

We also caught up with Clint Frazier to talk to him about his defense. Read that here:
https://pinstripedprospects.com/clint-f ... ers-42964/
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Postby BigGuy » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:31 am

Yoendrys Gomez is a prospect on the rise for the Yankees

The 19-year-old Venezuelan right-hander is dominating the Appalachian League this season.

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By Aaron Esposito Jul 13, 2019, 9:00am EDT

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According to MLB Pipeline, 21 of the Yankees top 30 prospects are right-handed pitchers. Among those 21 right-handers, Yoendrys Gomez, a 6-foot-3 19-year-old Venezuelan starter, ranks 18th. Gomez is listed as the Yankees number-26 overall prospect, but don’t expect Gomez to keep that ranking for long. In a system stacked with right-handed arms, Gomez is finding ways to stand out and make a name for himself in the Appalachian League this season.

In 2016, the Yankees were able to sign Gomez for only $50,000, as a lanky pitcher with a high-80’s fastball who was primarily viewed as a long-term project. However, it didn’t take long for Gomez to prove he was more than just a long-shot arm with a few projectable traits. In 2018 at age-18, he went 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 47.2 innings across the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League. He’s following up those results with another standout campaign in 2019. Gomez is 3-1 with a 0.86 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over his first four starts for Pulaski this season. Those are hardly the results of a long-term project looking to find his way.

Baseball America’s Josh Norris wrote the following about Gomez after watching him pitch in the Gulf Coast League last year:

He sat between 92-95 mph in the first inning of the game, then settled in to the 91-94 mph range for the next four innings. The pitch featured natural sink and cut life, and he threw it for strikes to both sides of the plate.

He complimented the fastball mainly with an mid-to-high-70s curveball that showed deep 11-to-5 break... the curveball’s break was a little loopy at times, but Gomez clearly has feel to spin the pitch. He also threw a mid-80s changeup with moderate fading action that he was willing to use against both righties and lefties.

Gomez is already learning to use his natural sinking action to induce groundballs, as evidenced by his career-high 45.3% groundball rate so far in 2019. He does have room to improve on a 3.4 BB/9 rate, but it’s not as if he has a complete lack of command at this point in his young career. Gomez also isn’t a strikeout pitcher at the level of fellow prospects like Deivi Garcia (14.3 K/9) or Luis Gil (12.0 K/9), but he owns a solid 8.6 K/9 so far this season, showing an ability to miss bats in addition to inducing grounders.
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Gomez’s frame, delivery, and pitch mix are a bit reminiscent of a young Jacob deGrom. Before you call out unfair comparisons, remember deGrom was the Mets’ number-19 overall prospect before making his debut in 2014. Gomez will likely never reach DeGrom’s level of success, but that’s the type of pitcher Gomez could seek to emulate as he moves up the prospect ladder.

Gomez has one of the highest ceilings in the Yankees farm system with his impressive three-pitch mix and plenty of room to add strength to his frame, but what’s even more impressive is his consistency as a teenager. Gomez hasn’t surrendered more than three runs in any one outing (13 starts) over the past two seasons, and he’s thrown at least five innings in each of his four starts this season, never surpassing 85 pitches.

If Gomez continues to impress for the rest of the 2019 season, it’s easy to envision him swapping places with number 14 overall prospect Luis Medina, who has triple-digit velocity but continues to struggle mightily with command. He’ll need to show some durability over a full minor league season in 2020 before he’s taken too seriously as a future rotation piece, but Gomez is certainly trending in the right direction. In a farm system ripe with right-handed arms, the young Venezuelan hurler is hard to ignore.
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Postby rpimpsner » Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:34 pm

Our scouting report on Garrett Whitlock is up on the site. We have one of Yoendrys Gomez coming out later this week and hopefully a few more after that. I am currently interviewing someone to write scouting reports for the site so hopefully will get much more consistent with them moving forward.

https://pinstripedprospects.com/scoutin ... der-43525/
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Postby rpimpsner » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:03 am

Some quotes from Deivi Garcia's coaches and teammates in Scranton.

https://pinstripedprospects.com/deivi-g ... -15-43590/
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