Domingo German Polanco
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.
Pitcher Domingo German became a member of the Miami Marlins organization when he signed with the then Florida Marlins as a 17-year-old in 2010. After a couple of seasons spent in the Dominican Summer League with the DSL Marlins he moved to the United States in 2012, with the GCL Marlins, where he went 2-0, 1.61 in 13 relief appearances. He was turned into a starter in 2013 and dominated the Gulf Coast League again, this time with a record of 3-0, 1.38 in 5 starts, earning a promotion to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. He continued to shine there, going 2-3, 1.76 in 8 starts. In 67 innings between the two clubs, his ERA was a sparkling 1.61 and his K/W ratio an equellay impressive 61/10.
Domingo continued his ascension in 2014, with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League. he started the year with a bang, going 8-3, 2.93 in 18 starts during the first half to earn an opportunity to pitch in the 2014 Futures Game. On December 19, 2014, he was traded to the New York Yankees along with Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones in return for Martin Prado and David Phelps.
He reached the majors for the first time in 2017, making 7 relief appearances for the Yankees and going 0-1, 3.14. He had made another 5 relief outings for the Yanks early in 2018 when he was tabbed to make his first career start on May 6th, filling in for an injured Jordan Montgomery against the Cleveland Indians. It was a beauty, as he pitched 6 hitless innings, walking 2 and striking out 9, before leaving after having reached his pitch count limit. The game was still scoreless at that point, however relievers Dellin Betances and Jonathan Holder gave up 4 runs over the next two innings, but the Yankees managed to score 3 in the bottom of the 8th and then 4 in the 9th off Cody Allen and Dan Otero, a comeback capped by a walk-off three-run homer by fellow rookie Gleyber Torres off Otero. With Montgomery undergoing season-ending surgery, German began to take a regular turn as a starting pitcher, but results were poor at first, as he gave up at least 4 runs in each of his next 4 starts, losing three of them. He finally recorded his first win on June 14th, when he allowed 3 runs in 6 innings in defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, thanks once again to Torres, who hit a three-run homer to propel the Yanks to a come-from-behind win. He finished the year at 2-6, 5.57 in 21 games, including 14 starts. He struck out 102 batters in 85 2/3 innings.
It was a different story in 2019, however, as this time he took full advantage of being a fill-in starter, having an outstanding first month. On May 10th, he defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, to record his 7th win, tops in the majors at that point. He won his two next starts as well and was 9-1, 2.60 on May 21st, then was winless in his next three starts, giving up 14 runs in 18 2/3 innings and coughing up 7 homers as his ERA rose to 3.86. On June 9th, he was placed on the injured list with a hip flexor injury, an injury that had apparently been bothering him for a few weeks already and was behind his recent struggles. His stay on the injured list was short, as he returned on July 3rd, and on July 12th, he was selected to start the Yankees' first game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched 6 scoreless innings in a 4-0 win, improving to 11-2 on the year. In September, he was moved to the bullpen in order to limit his innings before the postseason, but on September 19th, that likely became a moot point as the Commissioner's office placed him on administrative leave following allegations of domestic violence, likely resulting in his not pitching again for a while. He was leading the team with a record of 18-4, to go with an ERA of 4.03. According to unconfirmed news reports, the domestic violence incident under investigation had taken place at his home and involved his long-time girlfriend, with whom he had a child. On September 25th, the leave was extended by MLB until the end of the postseason.
- AL Winning Percentage Leader (2019)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2019)
- Robert Aiken Jr.: "Yankees' Domingo German placed on administrative leave under MLB domestic violence policy", USA Today, September 19, 2019.