The New York Yankees swooped to snap up the standout prospect as Major League Baseball’s international market signing period opened, capturing the signature of highly rated Dominican slugger Jasson Dominguez.
Dominguez, billed as the No.1 prospect on MLB ,,Pipelines rating of up-and-coming international talent, agreed to a deal with the Yankees worth $5.1 million. The club also signed outfielder Jhon Diaz for $1.2 million.
Dominguez, 16, has wowed scouts with his raw power, smooth swing and strong throwing arm.
“He is an elite level athlete, and he has elite baseball tools,” Yankees director of international scouting Donny Rowland said in a conference call. “He’s the kind of player who makes the hair on your arm stand up.”
The Yankees splurged near all of t,上海贵族宝贝论坛Alyssa,heir $5,398,000 international bonus pool budget to sign Dominguez. More commonly, teams spread their spending more evenly to sign multiple prospects.
Rowland however said the club had little doubt that Dominguez was worth the outlay.
“Very rarely would I go that route,” Rowland said. “We’ve signed a lot of international players per year, and we like to diversify and we like volume.”
“But in this case, every now and then the right player comes along, and this one’s worth it. To a man, everyone on my staff agreed.”
Rowland said he had first witnessed Dominguez play two years ago and revealed the teenager had made an instant impression.
“It was a bit shocking and very impressive,” Rowland said. “Over time, he just continued to show the same, if not better, tools and performance.”
Rowland however declined to compare Dominguez to players already established in the majors.
“I don’t like to put comparisons like that on a 16-year-old player, and I really don’t want to,” Rowland said. “I think he’s going to be Jasson Dominguez.”