Two Yankees prospects named in ESPN's Top 100 for 2021 MLB season

Ryan Morik
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Deivi Garcia stands on mound before delivering pitch
Deivi Garcia stands on mound before delivering pitch

Outfielder Jasson Dominguez and right-handed pitcher Deivi Garcia are the two Yankees represented in ESPN's Top 100 prospects list. for 2021

Dominguez, who just turned 18 years old on Sunday, is "the most-hyped international prospect in some time," according to ESPN.

ESPN pointed out that the switch-hitter hit a ball 117 miles-per-hour in a recent sim game -- only four players accomplished that last year, along with just 11 in 2019.

Dominguez's ETA to the big leagues stretches beyond at least next year (that would mean he's destroying minor league pitching, which, of course, is possible), but his impact in the Yankees' farm system is also very noticeable, as he "has the tools to play anywhere on the field," ESPN says.

Garcia got some MLB work last year, but with just 34.1 innings under his belt, he's still labeled a prospect.

Garcia allowed 19 earned runs, which added up to a 4.98 ERA. 10 of those earned runs came in his final two starts, where his ERA rose from 3.28. Garcia also pitched just one inning in Game 2 of the ALDS before being replaced by J.A. Happ, a move that blew up right in the Yankees' faces.

ESPN notes that Garcia's upside is "limited" due to his small frame, but "he has performed well at every level, has an easy plus high-spin curveball, a changeup that flashes plus, command that is at least above average and a fastball he can run up to 96 mph."

Garcia will be fighting for a rotation spot along with Clarke Schmidt, Domingo German, and Mike King, with the first four spots most likely be taken by Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, and Jordan Montgomery -- all while Luis Severino is expected to return from Tommy John surgery in the summer.