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Domingo German with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League in 2014 (MLB.com)

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Top Prospect Profile: #8 Domingo German

The Yankees acquired Domingo German in December along with Nate Eovaldi and Garrett Jones from the Miami Marlins for Martin Prado, David Phelps and cash. Prior to the trade German was listed among the top 10 prospects in the Marlins organization, having a breakout season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League.

The Marlins originally signed Domingo as an international free agent on August 8, 2009 when he was 16 years old. In his first professional season in 2010 he appeared in 18 games, throwing 46.1 innings out of the bullpen in the Dominican Summer League. He made a return trip to the DSL n 2011 for his age 18 season where he got his first taste of being a starter. German started 6 out of the 8 games he appeared in, throwing 34.2 innings and had just a 1.82 ERA.

At 19 years old in 2012 German made his United States debut as a member of the GCL Marlins where in 13 games out of the bullpen he threw 22.1 innings with a 1.61 ERA. A return of to the GCL in 2013 saw him return to being a start where in five games he tossed 26 innings and had a 1.38 ERA. His performance earned him a promotion to the Batavia Muckdogs of the NY-Penn League where he started 8 more games, pitching to a 1.76 ERA over 41 innings. The 2014 season was his breakout season where he went 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA over 25 starts in the South Atlantic League. Over 123.1 innings he struck out 113 batters and walked just 25. He was also the Marlins lone representative in the 2014 Futures Game.

German is a strike thrower with an easy delivery that is not difficult to repeat. He has a sinking fastball that sits in the low-90s but has touched 97 miles per hour. Combine with an average changeup in the low-80s and a curveball that is still in development. He has plus control of his big fastball but still has to develop his secondary stuff to remain a starter as he continues his development in the Yankees farm system. It is likely he will move to the bullpen if he cannot.

Expect see Domingo German in the rotation of the Tampa Yankees in 2015 along with fellow top prospect Ian Clarkin.

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