The Yankees are poised to make a massive splash on the international market as Ben Badler of Baseball America reports they have an agreement with 16-year-old Jasson Domínguez that will become official once the 2019-20 international amateur signing period opens in July. He is expected to receive an astronomical signing bonus of around $5 million.
Domínguez is one of the stars of the 2019-20 international class, with a glowing scouting report coming from both Baseball America and Fangraphs.
“Domínguez has an exciting level of explosiveness, athleticism and loud tools, with 60s and 70s (on the 20-80 scouting scale) scattered across his tool set. He’s a bursty athlete with well above-average speed and arm strength, excellent bat speed and big power from both sides of the plate coming from his muscular, 5-foot-11, 195-pound frame. Scouts highest on Domínguez raved not only about his tools, both about his ability to both hit and hit for power in games.”Ben Badler, Baseball America (subscription required)
“Scouts throw around some big names when trying to wrap their arms around Domínguez’s package of tools: Yasiel Puig, Bo Jackson, and Yoan Moncada are the most common ones. Domínguez runs the 60-yard dash in anywhere from 6.19 to 6.30 seconds, and is a 70 or 80 runner depending on whom you ask. His frame (5-foot-11, 194 pounds, sculpted like a Greek god), easy plus arm, and quick feet are catching-friendly, and scouts that have seem him try the position say he could probably do it full-time, but it sounds like most evaluators (and likely the Yankees) will develop him in center field to let his bat move more quickly. Some scouts think Domínguez’s hands could work in the infield, but he has very few reps there.”Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel, Fangraphs
Getting compared to those names at 16 can lead to some lofty expectations, especially with the largest signing bonus that the Yankees have ever handed to an international prospect. They topped out in the bonus department when they gave Dermis García $3.2 million in 2014 and Gary Sánchez $3 million in 2009.
That bonus will likely take up much of the Yankees bonus pool, which should be around $5.23 million according to a calculation by River Ave Blues. The Yankees can then trade for up to 60% of their original pool, which would allow them to acquire an additional $3.2 million. Based on their past aggressiveness with acquiring additional international bonus money, I’d expect more trades of fringe 40-man guys to get it.
While the deal won’t be official until the new signing period opens in July, the Yankees hope Domínguez will be more like Sánchez than García.