Austin Wells, the Dominican Republic’s MLB debut that went unnoticed

Austin Wells, the Dominican Republic's MLB debut that went unnoticed

The New York Yankees’ new catcher played his first major league game on a night when Jasson Domínguez and Ronny Mauricio were in the spotlight on their debuts.

The Dominican Republic reached 30 debuts in the 2023 season and 914 from 1956 to date on Friday September 1st. On a night when all eyes were on arrival Jason Dominguez at Big Leagues next to New York Yankees and that of Ronnie Mauritius from New York Mets for the “Tent“, the debut of the player of Dominican origin, Austin Wells went unnoticed.

The reality is that many of his countrymen are unaware that Wells is half Dominican because of his mother, and the fact that he was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, a city sparsely populated by Dominicans, does not help the recipient becomes better known. However, the player was selected as a local Rookie Draft 2021 onwards Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) for the Lions of the Chosen In round fifteen, the same year, the team also selected Jason Dominguez.

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The latter is important because according to the rules of LIDOM Those born in Dominican territory are considered native players under the terms of the constitution and laws, for this reason wells In that sense, he should be considered a Quisqueyan.

On his debut in Big Leagues the eighth interested party Yanks He had a quiet night with the racquet, managing a single from four at-bats, but defensively he lived up to expectations where he showed smooth play as a catcher.

During his three minor league seasons, the catcher averaged a .260 OPS with an .846 OPS in 291 games. He hit 53 home runs and drove 213 runs, proving he can consistently produce performance. This will help him significantly in a stadium like Yankee Stadium.

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His offensive performance will be of great importance in the team’s future from the start Gary Sanchez Production from the receiver hasn’t been the most consistent.

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