The New York Yankees are fun again. And all it took was a little Somerset Patriots magic to get infused into the veins of the big league club.
On Friday the Yankees officially called up prospects Jasson Dominguez and Austin Wells, and the duo played a key role in the Yankees three-game sweep of the Houston Astros over the holiday weekend.
The Martian and the “Stache”
It was only three games, but there was a different feel to the lineup. More energy, and pop. Dominguez cracked two home runs over the series, and drove in four; while Wells displayed competence behind the plate, and at the dish; he drove in a pair and threw a runner out a second base.
In fact, both players wasted little time in making their presence felt.
On Friday, Dominguez ripped a pitch over Houston’s towering left field wall for a two-run homer to stake the Yankees to a 3-0 lead, and set the tone for the series. Dominguez cracked his second homer of the series on Sunday night to right field.
“That’s pretty impressive,” New York manager Aaron Boone said of Dominguez following his first major league homer. “That’s a way to announce your presence with authority.”
Wells got into the action later that night with his first base hit, a blooper over second base off ex-Met Justin Verlander. The Las Vegas native added an RBI sac fly on Saturday, and scored his fellow Somerset Patriots teammate, and Chicken Parm buddy, Anthony Volpe on a double on Sunday.
The Yankees have slowing infused young talent onto the Major League roster all year. It started with Volpe, who was a stand out with Double-A Somerset in 2022. He has spent the entire year in the Big’s, and despite struggles at the plate, and calls from some fans for him to be sent down, Volpe put together a 20-20 season. That’s impressive for a rookie.
Meanwhile, Oswaldo Cabreara, Oswald Peraza and Everson Pereria are all having some impact on this club this season. All were in Double-A Somerset over the last two years.