The day after the New York Yankees sent prospect Jasson Dominguez down to the minor leagues, Aaron Hicks made a jaw-dropping mistake in the outfield.
The New York Yankees didn’t bring in an outfield option this offseason to man left field. By default, Aaron Hicks is the top option, even though he struggled at the plate last season.
Throughout spring training, Yankees fans were amazed by top outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez, who was crushing it in the batter’s box.
While Dominguez did leave a lasting impression on the fanbase and the team, making the Opening Day roster wasn’t in the cards. Sure enough, the Yankees announced on Thursday that they have optioned Dominguez to minor league camp.
Based off what happened on Friday, Yankees fans wish they didn’t make that decision.
During an spring game, Detroit Tigers third baseman Colt Keith hit a pop up to shallow left-center field. Shortstop and Yankees top prospect Anthony Volpe was looking for the baseball in the air, but was called off by Hicks. The veteran outfielder somersaulted in his attempt to make the catch, but he fell just short.
Aaron Hicks’ latest error has fans wishing Yankees didn’t send down Jasson Dominguez
That play certainly won’t do Hicks any favors, especially with those in the fanbase that want the team to move on from him. Let’s take a look at some of the reactions on social media from Yankees fans.
While Hicks missed out on the easy popup, he was pretty productive at the plate. In three at bats, Hicks recorded two hits and scored one run in New York’s 8-7 loss.
This spring, Hicks primarily played in left field, where he recorded five putouts and one error on six total chances, giving him a fielding percentage of .833.
This spring, Dominguez recorded a .455 batting average, a .520 on-base percentage, 1.045 OPS, four home runs, eight runs scored, nine RBI, and 10 hits. Dominguez primarily played in center field this spring, recording 11 putouts on11 total chances.
While some Yankees fans were upset by the news of Dominguez not making it to the Opening Day roster, he wasn’t guaranteed to make the team in the first place. Not to mention, he played just five games in Double-A, so the team wants to see him get some more experience there and potentially Triple-A. There is a possibility that the Yankees call Dominguez up later on in the 2023 season if he continues to play as well as he did in spring training.
It will be interesting to see how Yankees manager Aaron Boone sets up his outfield for Opening Day on March 30 against the San Francisco Giants. Will Hicks get the start in left? Will utility player Oswaldo Cabrera get the nod? Or will there be a shakeup in the outfield setup?