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Hit: 60. Power: 70. Run: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.
Track Record: Dominguez was one of the Yankees’ most celebrated international signings ever and garnered a $5.1 million bonus that tied him with the Athletics’ Robert Puason for the highest in the 2019 international class. It was also the highest bonus the Yankees have ever paid to an amateur. Dominguez showed early hints of his potential as a 13-year-old when he homered on the first pitch of a tryout and ran a 6.4-second 60-yard dash. His expected U.S. debut in 2020 was as anticipated as any Yankees prospect’s over the last decade, but it was delayed a year by the coronavirus pandemic.
Scouting Report: Dominguez is as tooled up as any prospect in baseball. All five of his tools show plus potential, with his power and speed garnering double-plus grades that have the Yankees dreaming of a potential 30-30 player. Yankees international scouting director Donny Rowland said Dominguez has “possibly the best combination of tools and performance that I’ve run across.” Dominguez is extremely physical despite not being completely filled out, and the Yankees note that he tackles two-a-day workouts like a high school football player. Dominguez’s bat speed is already as explosive as any player in the organization, with one evaluator comparing it to Clint Frazier, whose bat speed was labeled “legendary” by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Beyond his pure bat speed, the switch-hitting Dominguez’s bat paths from both sides allow the barrel to get to the strike zone quickly and stay there for a long time. He has already produced exit velocities up to 108 mph from both sides of the plate. Dominguez’s offensive potential is tremendous, but he still needs more experience against pitches other than fastballs. He spent part of the shutdown hitting off pitching machines that throw breaking balls in order to help him get used to making better swing decisions. Defensively, Dominguez has experience at shortstop, but the Yankees preferred him in center field because of his 70-grade speed and an advanced feel for route-running in the outfield. His arm ranks as plus not only for its strength but also for the accuracy of his throws.
The Future: After a lost season due to the coronavirus, Dominguez will get a second crack at officially starting his first pro season in 2021. Once he debuts, he should move through the system quickly and could become one of baseball’s next great Latin American stars.
Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 60. Control: 55.
Track Record: Garcia opened 2020 at the Yankees’ alternate training site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and made his big league debut on Aug. 30, capping a storybook rise after he signed for $200,000 as a 16-year-old in 2015. Garcia finished strong enough to earn a spot on the Yankees’ postseason roster and started Game 2 of the American League Division Series, albeit for only one inning as an opener.
Scouting Report: Garcia emerged a changed pitcher in 2020. The Yankees shifted him toward the first base side of the rubber to get more on line toward home plate and toned down the rotational elements of his delivery. The result was substantially improved control, which in turn helped his stuff play better. Garcia worked to add more ride to his 91-93 mph fastball that touches 95, helping it play up beyond its pure velocity. The process of adding a slider at the end of 2019 caused Garcia’s curveball to lose some of its bite, but once the pitch was re-shaped, it resembled the potential plus offering he had shown in the past. Garcia’s changeup was his most frequently used secondary pitch in the majors, with its 11 mph separation from his fastball helping it garner a 29% whiff rate.
The Future: Garcia is in line for a full-time rotation spot in 2021. He should break camp with the big league team.
Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.
Track Record: The Yankees drafted Schmidt 16th overall in 2017 knowing he would need Tommy John surgery. He missed most of 2018 recovering but returned fully healthy in 2019 and bullied his way to Double-A. The Yankees called Schmidt up for his big league debut in September out of the bullpen, and he made his first big league start on Sept. 27.
Scouting Report: Schmidt initially dominated hitters with a powerful two-seam fastball and a filthy power curveball thrown in the mid 80s. The Yankees used the downtime during the coronavirus shutdown to give him a four-seamer, which gave him a pitch that played better against lefthanded hitters as well as an offering that rode up in the zone to pair with his signature curveball. Schmidt throws both fastballs in the 95 mph range, but they really just set up his power curve. It’s a tight-spinning weapon that averages 3,085 rpms and dives straight down, garnering a 44% whiff rate in the majors. It’s a consensus plus pitch that batters can’t help but swing over the top of. Schmidt rounds out his arsenal with a seldom-used, high-80s changeup that doesn’t fool lefties and needs a lot of work.
The Future: Schmidt will look to cement a spot in the Yankees’ rotation in 2021. He has barely pitched above the Class A levels and may need more time in the minors.
Fastball: 70. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.
Track Record: Gil signed with the Twins for $90,000 in 2014 and was traded to the Yankees for outfielder Jake Cave before the 2018 season. He took off after the trade and rose to high Class A Tampa in 2019, earning a place on the Yankees’ 40-man roster after the season. He spent 2020 at the alternate training site building on previous developmental gains.
Scouting Report: Gil is a power-armed righthander with an upper-90s fastball. The Yankees worked with him at the alternate site to give the pitch riding life at the top of the zone while weeding out the version that bleeds into two-seam territory, helping it move toward its plus-plus potential. Gil’s slider is a new addition to his arsenal, replacing his curveball, and ranges from 82-88 mph while showing average promise with more development. The Yankees like the movement and shape of Gil’s low-90s changeup, but would like to see him execute the pitch more consistently. To that end, they asked him to shift the way he holds the changeup in an effort to make it more enticing to batters than it currently is. Gil has long struggled with walks and needs a lot of work to reach even average control.
The Future: Gil gained valuable experience at the alternate training site. He has a chance to reach Double-A in 2021.
Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45.
Track Record: Wells attended Las Vegas high school powerhouse Bishop Gorman, then matriculated to Arizona, where his father played. Wells was a draft-eligible sophomore who produced with the Wildcats following a standout summer in the Cape Cod League. The Yankees, who drafted Wells in the 35th round in 2018, saw fit to pick him again at No. 28 overall and signed him for $2.5 million.
Scouting Report: The Yankees covet lefthanded power, which Wells has in ample supply. He has a strong frame, a simple swing and outstanding knowledge of the strike zone that helped him register more walks (46) than strikeouts (43) in college. He projects to hit for both average and power and be a potential middle-of-the-order hitter. The Yankees believe Wells can remain at catcher, but they’re in the minority. He has trouble blocking pitches and isn’t particularly mobile behind the plate, and his long history of elbow troubles leads to fringy arm strength at best. The Yankees see a strong receiver who could benefit from the organization’s new one-knee philosophy installed by big league catching coordinator Tanner Swanson.
The Future: Wells will get pro instruction for the first time in 2021. Even if he can’t stick at catcher, his bat should help him move quickly up the system. .
Hit: 50. Power: 40. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.
Track Record: Signed for $175,000 in the same international class as righthander Roansy Contreras and shortstop Jose Devers, Peraza spent the first few years of his career impressing evaluators with his tools despite middling production at the lower levels. The Yankees did not include him on their 60-man player pool because he had yet to play above low Class A, so he didn’t get any formal, in-person instruction in 2020 after the coronavirus shutdown.
Scouting Report: Peraza’s top skill is his ability to put the barrel on the ball. He consistently produces louder exit velocities than his small stature would suggest, including a peak velocity of 110 mph. He overwhelmingly hits singles, but Peraza has worked hard with instructors to put the ball in the air more so his hard contacts will go deep into the outfield. Defensively, Peraza is a twitchy athlete with smooth actions at shortstop, excellent range, a quick transfer and strong arm. Those ingredients will keep him at the position as a potential plus defender. He is a plus runner who stole 23 bases in 30 attempts in 2019.
The Future: Peraza may deal with some rust after a season-long layoff. He is likely to open the year at high Class A once the minor leagues get rolling.
Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Cutter: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 55.
Track Record: The Yankees signed Yajure out of Venezuela for $30,000 in 2015 on the strength of two innings at a tryout. He missed the 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery, returned in 2018 and broke out in 2019 as he jumped to Double-A. The Yankees added Yajure to their 40-man roster after the 2019 season and called him up for his big league debut on Aug. 31, 2020.
Scouting Report: Yajure added velocity through a weighted-ball program and a series of delivery tweaks after the 2019 season that were designed to better incorporate his lower half. The result was a nearly 2 mph jump in his average fastball velocity, up to 92 mph in 2020. Yajure complements his enhanced four-seamer with a cutter, slider, curveball and changeup. His high-80s changeup, which he feels comfortable throwing against both righties and lefties, is his go-to secondary pitch and shows above-average potential. His curveball is a 12-to-6 breaker thrown in the low 80s and forms an ideal tunnel with his four-seamer. His cutter and slider were added to give him more options against righthanders. Yajure struggled with walks in 2020 but had above-average control in the minors.
The Future: Yajure is likely to start 2021 at Triple-A. He should return to New York at some point during the season.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 70. Control: 55.
Track Record: Vizcaino signed for just $14,000 and began his career with three nondescript seasons, but he broke out in 2019 on the strength of a greatly improved changeup to go with his explosive fastball. The Yankees, impressed with his gains, brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 despite the fact he has yet to pitch above high Class A.
Scouting Report: Vizcaino is an elite athlete who is one of the fastest runners and highest jumpers in the Yankees’ system. He pairs that athleticism with a powerful right arm that generates upper-90s fastballs and a plus-plus changeup, which helped him strike out more than a batter per inning in 2019, Vizcaino’s slider was a point of focus at the alternate training site. Rather than change the pitch itself, the Yankees tweaked Vizcaino’s delivery with a bit of a hip turn to help him stay closed and on-line toward the plate. Those alterations helped him land his slider more consistently and play as an average pitch. Vizcaino throws all his pitches for strikes but still needs to add strength to his frame, which will help improve his durability.
The Future: After a summer facing more experienced hitters, he may open 2021 at Double-A.
Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.
Track Record: After his projectable body and fastball earned him a $50,000 signing bonus, Gomez quickly began impressing evaluators. He bypassed the short-season New York-Penn League on the way to low Class A in 2019 and whiffed just less than a batter an inning. Gomez’s 2020 season was wiped out by the pandemic, but he spent the time away working remotely with Yankees minor league pitching coach Dustin Glant.
Scouting Report: Gomez has a lean body and a whippy arm to go with broad shoulders that lead evaluators to believe he could gain more strength, which is exactly what the Yankees want him to do. The gains he made over the offseason helped bump his average fastball velocity to 95 mph in the few innings he got in spring training. He had also been working with the Yankees’ pitching development team to add a slider to what had been an arsenal of fastball, curveball and changeup. Evaluators who saw Gomez last year projected his low-80s curveball as a potential plus pitch, while they wanted to see more consistency from his changeup. A polished strike-thrower, Gomez must improve the quality of his strikes.
The Future: Gomez was not at the alternate training site this year and should return to low Class A in 2021.
Fastball: 70. Curveball: 70. Changeup: 60. Control: 40.
Track Record: Medina already touched 100 mph by the time he was 16 years old and signed with the Yankees for $280,000 out of the Dominican Republic. Medina has continued to throw hard in pro ball, but his control has been non-existent and he has yet to advance past high Class A. The Yankees still added Medina to the 40-man roster after the 2019 season and brought him to the alternate training site in 2020.
Scouting Report: Medina has the best pure stuff in the Yankees’ system. All three of his pitches are potentially plus, including an upper-90s fastball that peaked at 102 mph at the alternate site and a double-plus, hammer curveball. But that stuff is a tease more often than not because of his poor command and control. He has averaged 7.1 walks per nine innings in his career with a heavy dose of wild pitches annually. Medina began showing improvement with decreased fastball usage but still needs more work. Medina controls his changeup best of his three pitches and often uses the potential plus offering to get back in counts.
The Future: Medina has a long way to go to get to even playable control, but his stuff will buy him time. He may see Double-A in 2021.
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