The Martian Chronicles Continue
Myth, seen in mirrors, incapable of being touched, stays on. If it is not immortal, it almost seems such. – Ray Bradbury
December is always one of the hardest, in my opinion, non-baseball months of the year. It starts getting dark around here before 4pm, whatever excitement or disappointment you have about the season that just ended has dissipated but it’s still months before pitchers and catchers report. December can be rough, but it is also the time of year where you start looking ahead to the next season.
Last year, before we had any idea what 2020 had in store for us, I remember being painfully excited for the 2020 season. The Yankees had managed to put together a strong season, despite seeing player after player fall to injury. I couldn’t wait to see a healthy team take the field in 2020.
Outside of the majors, the part of the 2020 baseball season I had looked forward to the most was FINALLY getting to see Jasson Dominguez on a field. The Yankees’ number one prospect is being hyped more than Jesus Montero was – even though the vast majority of people writing on him have never seen him play.
Now, we all know Montero crashed and burned hard, but keep in mind that he was being considered a sure-thing All-Star-caliber power hitter. As he continued his way through the minors, scouts continued to talk about how his bat was a lock, even if he wasn’t going to stick at catcher. His bat didn’t really seem to come into question until he found himself in Seattle.
The hype around Dominguez is so much more, as he is said to be the complete package. He is a power-hitting, switch-hitting outfielder with speed and a strong arm. He mashes the cover off of the ball and, unlike other players his age, they aren’t waiting for him to fill-out physically. That being said, it appears that the prospect known as The Martian has put plenty of time in at the gym lately. He may be almost a foot shorter than Aaron Judge, but he may be just as physically intimidating at a glance.
So, here we are again, looking ahead to the next season. Hopefully, one that looks more like we are used to. With any luck, The Martian will land stateside and start to show what got the Yankees to spend virtually all of their international bonus money on him. It seems to me, the longer we wait to see him, the bigger the myth is becoming, and I’m not sure how much bigger it can get.
Jasson Domínguez, de 17 años!#ElMarciano @Yankees @snyyankees pic.twitter.com/9Z0Oo79X7a — Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) October 27, 2020