Baseball America has released its annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, and three Yankees farmhands made the cut for 2022. In what probably won’t surprise anyone after the progress of the Yankees’ minor league system, shortstops Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, and outfielder Jasson Dominguez made it into BA’s Top 100. Here’s a quick rundown of what Baseball America had to say about each of the three. For a more in-depth look at what’s behind the paywall, head over to BA and subscribe.
10. Anthony Volpe
Impressively, Volpe was the third-highest-ranked shortstop in this entire top-100 class, behind only Bobby Witt Jr. of the Royals at number 3 and a hair behind CJ Abrams of the Padres at number 9. Baseball America notes that hard contact, with average and maximum exit speeds of 91.5 and 108.3 mph, respectively, is representative of Volpe’s embrace of the Yankees hit strikes hard mantra.
The approach of the upcoming 21-year-old Volpe, along with increased strength, led BA to give him future plus marks for both hitting and strength. In the field, BA notes that he may eventually stray from the shortstop, but not due to a lack of hard work and instinct.
55. Oswald Peraza
The report on Peraza notes that in two years he went from hitting the ball to the ground with one of the highest percentages in all minors to about the middle of the pack. Putting the ball in the air has led to much better results for the Peraza, who has always hit the ball hard.
With that out of the way, scouts have noticed a weakness for breaking balls. Peraza will have to overcome that. On the field, Peraza will likely stick with the shortstop, and since he reached Triple-A by the end of last season at age 21, Baseball America notes that Peraza could very well make his MLB debut in 2022.
87. Jason Dominguez
Dominguez, who first took on the challenge of pro ball in 2021, improved as the season progressed. Baseball America notes that his swing decisions and at bat quality both improved as the season progressed. In the field, BA notices that Dominguez’s body has changed. He has become much stockier, raising the question of whether he will stay in midfield or whether he should go into a corner. On the plus side, Dominguez won’t be turning 19 until February and has plenty of time to hone his game in the minors.
Three Baby Bombers in the top 100, with Volpe in the top 10? That’s all. Volpe and Peraza are clearly much closer to influencing the big league club than Dominguez, but the sky remains the limit for The Martian. I’m excited to use my MiLB.tv subscription to watch more of these three in 2022.