TAMPA — Carlos Mendoza was part of a contingent of Yankees coaches — including manager Aaron Boone — who spent time at the team’s Latin academy in the Dominican Republic last month to check in on some key players working out there during the offseason, like Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar.
While they were there, they also got a brief look at the future.
Jasson Dominguez turned 17 Friday, just over seven months after becoming one of the organization’s biggest amateur signings with a $5.1 million bonus last July.
“We watched him hit and he looked good,’’ said Mendoza, recently promoted to bench coach. “He was impressive for being 16 years old. He’s a strong kid with great bat speed and power. We only saw him take BP, but he was hitting balls with Gary and Miggy. He looks like one of them. For that age, he’s pretty advanced.’’
That’s what the Yankees are counting on after spending almost their entire allotment of international pool money last year on the center fielder from Esperanza in the Dominican Republic.
The Yankees were pleased with what they saw in limited action last summer, but since Dominguez didn’t sign until July, he played in just…