Rachel Balkovec has developed a strong relationship with highly hyped Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez and could manage him in 2022 on the Tarpons.
“I always just want to direct the attention to him as a person,” Balkovec, who was recently named manager for the Yankees’ Low-A affiliate in Tampa said of Dominguez. “I think the conversation very much is, ‘OK, he can hit the ball hard. We all know that.’ But I think that once people understand the kind of person he is, he’s a phenomenal person in the clubhouse. His aptitude is so high. He wants to learn. “We’re literally doing offseason English classes right now. He and I aren’t even talking much about baseball. We’re talking about English classes so he can be a better person in the clubhouse. Be a leader for both Latin American and American players in his future.”
Dominguez, 18, slashed a combined .252/.353/.379 with five homers in 56 games, first with the Florida Complex League Yankees and then the Tarpons. Yankees vice president of player development Kevin Reese said the team hasn’t decided where Dominguez will start his 2022 campaign.
“The exit velos, the speed, some of the measurables that we do on our performance science side, it’s all [what we thought it could be],” Reese said. “Then we just want him to play more baseball. All of the skill is there, all of the ability is there and we’re extremely excited about what he’s going to do in 2022 as well.”