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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 24)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
2 .232 0 0 0 0 .233 0.0
Birth Date8-28-1989
Height6' 1"
Weight215 lbs
Age25 years, 1 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
-0.32011
0.32012
2.82013
-1.42014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 FLO 21 17 48 45 2 11 4 0 0 15 2 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 .244 .292 .333 .208 -2.3 -0.4 -0.3
2012 HOU 22 31 113 109 14 31 2 2 5 52 4 17 0 0 0 16 0 0 .284 .310 .477 .268 2.3 0.1 0.3
2013 HOU 23 152 589 543 56 131 25 0 21 219 30 96 7 7 2 77 0 1 .241 .286 .403 .249 14.0 11.9 2.8
2014 HOU 24 157 607 564 51 121 17 0 16 186 29 125 5 7 2 57 0 1 .215 .256 .330 .212 -8.8 -4.1 -1.4
Career3571357126112329448242472652461314415202.233.275.374.2335.27.51.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 JAM A- 10 38 .200 .253 .317 .362 .252 .250 110 -2.5 1.1 0.2 1.1 -0.0 -1.5 -0.0 -1.5 -0.0
2007 MRL Rk 5 22 .120 .251 .334 .355 .257 .111 88 -3.7 0.7 0 -0.3 -0.0 -2.8 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2008 GRB A 88 381 .275 .263 .330 .393 .264 .324 117 5.9 10.8 1.5 -7.6 -0.3 18.1 1.1 18.1 1.1
2009 JUP A+ 103 429 .278 .252 .324 .363 .253 .295 94 8.3 12.4 1.6 8.5 -0.9 17.5 2.7 17.5 2.7
2009 JAX AA 31 114 .225 .264 .343 .390 .271 .222 94 -5.4 4.1 0.6 0.2 -2.0 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2010 JAX AA 138 577 .289 .265 .339 .395 .267 .286 94 18.6 17.4 2.4 5.2 0.0 37.6 4.3 37.6 4.3
2011 FLO MLB 17 48 .208 .253 .314 .374 .251 .297 96 -2.4 1.3 0.2 -0.4 -1.6 -2.3 -0.3 -2.3 -0.3
2011 JUP A+ 4 20 .168 .255 .328 .370 .256 .200 82 -2.1 0.6 0.1 0.3 -0.3 -1.7 -0.1 -1.7 -0.1
2011 JAX AA 4 19 .180 .261 .336 .391 .258 .154 97 -1.7 0.6 0.1 0.4 -0.2 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2011 NWO AAA 87 356 .247 .281 .350 .436 .265 .270 95 -5.2 11.0 1.3 6.6 -2.6 6.6 1.3 6.6 1.3
2012 HOU MLB 31 113 .268 .254 .312 .407 .259 .299 100 0.9 3.1 0.4 0.1 -2.6 2.3 0.3 2.3 0.3
2012 NWO AAA 78 315 .240 .278 .342 .433 .270 .239 91 -7 9.4 1.3 -3.1 -3.2 0.1 -0.3 0.1 -0.3
2012 OKL AAA 45 177 .275 .274 .339 .425 .269 .329 95 3 5.3 0.7 -0.8 0.6 8.6 0.8 8.6 0.8
2013 HOU MLB 152 589 .249 .253 .314 .397 .263 .254 99 -6.2 15.5 2 11.9 -0.3 14.0 2.8 14.0 2.8
2014 HOU MLB 157 607 .212 .249 .310 .382 .259 .244 100 -27.4 15.7 1.8 -4.1 -0.4 -8.8 -1.4 -8.8 -1.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 MRL Rk 22 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 .100 .143 .100 .000 .120 -2.8 -0.3 -0.3
2007 JAM A- 38 3 7 2 0 1 4 1 12 0 0 .189 .211 .324 .135 .200 -1.5 1.1 -0.0
2008 GRB A 381 59 102 16 0 18 70 28 68 0 1 .296 .357 .499 .203 .275 18.1 -7.6 1.1
2009 JUP A+ 429 49 100 25 1 11 53 38 68 1 0 .262 .337 .420 .157 .278 17.5 8.5 2.7
2009 JAX AA 114 10 18 7 0 2 9 14 24 0 0 .186 .292 .320 .134 .225 -3.2 0.2 -0.3
2010 JAX AA 577 61 127 34 2 14 81 56 96 0 2 .252 .337 .411 .159 .289 37.6 5.2 4.3
2011 NWO AAA 356 47 84 18 1 12 55 24 50 0 1 .258 .312 .431 .172 .247 6.6 6.6 1.3
2011 JAX AA 19 1 2 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 .133 .316 .133 .000 .180 -1.2 0.4 -0.1
2011 JUP A+ 20 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .167 .250 .167 .000 .168 -1.7 0.3 -0.1
2011 FLO MLB 48 2 11 4 0 0 2 2 8 0 0 .244 .292 .333 .089 .208 -2.3 -0.4 -0.3
2012 NWO AAA 315 27 67 14 0 7 46 23 31 0 1 .234 .291 .357 .122 .240 0.1 -3.1 -0.3
2012 OKL AAA 177 21 48 10 0 2 23 11 21 0 0 .298 .347 .398 .099 .275 8.6 -0.8 0.8
2012 HOU MLB 113 14 31 2 2 5 16 4 17 0 0 .284 .310 .477 .193 .268 2.3 0.1 0.3
2013 HOU MLB 589 56 131 25 0 21 77 30 96 0 1 .241 .286 .403 .162 .249 14.0 11.9 2.8
2014 HOU MLB 607 51 121 17 0 16 57 29 125 0 1 .215 .256 .330 .115 .212 -8.8 -4.1 -1.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 176 0.5114 0.4318 0.8421 0.5778 0.2791 0.9231 0.6667 0.1579
2012 433 0.5127 0.4296 0.8817 0.5180 0.3365 0.9565 0.7606 0.1183
2013 2180 0.4982 0.4621 0.8342 0.6114 0.3135 0.9096 0.6880 0.1658
2014 2262 0.5031 0.4854 0.7923 0.6292 0.3399 0.8757 0.6361 0.2077
Career50510.50210.46870.81980.61020.32610.89890.67020.1802

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-27 2014-03-31 Camp 4 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-09-20 2013-09-21 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Contusion HBP - -
2013-09-03 2013-09-06 DTD 3 3 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-05-22 2013-05-24 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2013-05-21 2013-05-21 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2013-04-22 2013-04-23 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2012-09-24 2012-09-28 DTD 4 3 - General Medical Illness GI - -
2012-03-07 2012-03-09 Camp 2 0 - Face Contusion Batted Ball - -
2011-08-11 2011-08-24 Minors 13 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-04-07 2011-05-19 Minors 42 0 Left Elbow Fracture HBP -
2011-03-21 2011-03-23 Camp 2 0 General Medical Illness -
2008-10-11 2008-10-11 Off 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 2008-10-11
2008-03-30 2008-05-22 Minors 53 0 General Medical Illness Mononucleosis -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 HOU $510,100
2013 HOU $491,800
2012 MIA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$491,800
2011Current$510,100
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,001,900
2 yrTotal$1,001,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 62 dTotal Sports International1 year/$0.5101M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5101M (2014). Re-signed by Houston 3/6/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4918M (2013). Re-signed by Houston 3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Miami 3/2/12. Acquired by Houston in trade from Miami 7/5/12 (Carlos Lee deal).
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Florida 9/6/11.
  • Drafted by Florida 2007 (1-12) (Chatsworth HS, Calif.). Signed by Florida 8/15/07, $2.1M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 557 64 143 27 2 19 71 32 84 0 0 .278 .324 .449 .280 21.3 3B 4 2.8
80o 540 60 133 25 2 18 66 30 83 0 0 .266 .312 .431 .269 15.3 3B 4 2.1
70o 529 57 127 24 2 17 63 29 82 0 0 .259 .303 .418 .262 11.1 3B 4 1.6
60o 518 54 120 23 1 16 61 27 82 0 0 .252 .296 .407 .255 7.7 3B 4 1.3
50o 509 52 116 22 1 16 59 26 81 0 0 .245 .289 .397 .249 4.6 3B 4 0.9
40o 500 50 111 21 1 15 56 25 80 0 0 .239 .282 .386 .243 1.6 3B 4 0.6
30o 489 48 105 20 1 14 54 24 79 0 0 .232 .274 .375 .237 -1.4 3B 4 0.2
20o 478 45 99 19 1 13 51 23 79 0 0 .225 .266 .363 .229 -4.9 3B 4 -0.1
10o 461 42 91 17 1 12 48 21 77 0 0 .214 .254 .345 .219 -9.4 3B 4 -0.6
Weighted Mean511531172211659278100.246.290.398.2505.13B 41.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 39% 5% 13% 73%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015253233771131103817500.238.282.390.2450.74.6-1.5-0.114.9-8.72.3
2016263874379141114225610.223.278.359.2360.2-1.3-1.8-0.314.9-14.22.7
20172760968128241196936970.228.279.375.2400.4-0.3-2.8-0.614.9-11.94.3
20182863272138252197237970.236.286.382.2440.71.8-2.8-0.814.9-9.64.5
20192961572133211207239960.235.288.384.2470.83.5-2.7-0.914.9-7.84.3
20203061971128231197040940.228.283.376.2410.50.1-2.7-1.114.9-11.14.4
202131608681222011866401010.220.276.357.234-0.0-4.6-2.7-1.314.9-15.64.3
20223262572134231207339980.234.286.384.2450.71.9-2.8-1.514.9-8.84.4
202333619661242411765371060.217.269.352.229-0.4-8.0-2.7-1.614.9-18.74.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
15.73.610.2711.317.447.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 84 Blake DeWitt 2010 .266
2 83 Willy Aybar 2007 .000 DNP
3 81 Edwin Encarnacion 2007 .278
4 80 Kendrys Morales 2007 .268
5 80 Lonnie Chisenhall 2013 .251
6 79 Daniel Murphy 2009 .258
7 78 Gerardo Parra 2011 .280
8 78 Andy Marte 2008 .205
9 78 Josh Barfield 2007 .211
10 77 Luis Valbuena 2010 .199
11 76 Mike Moustakas 2013 .234
12 76 Ryan Sweeney 2009 .266
13 76 Robinson Cano 2007 .283
14 76 Wilson Ramos 2012 .284
15 75 Darin Holcomb 2010 .000 DNP
16 75 Conor Gillaspie 2012 .122
17 75 Taylor Green 2011 .219
18 75 Steve Lombardozzi 2013 .226
19 75 Russell Martin 2007 .283
20 75 Ruben Gotay 2007 .263
21 74 Alcides Escobar 2011 .235
22 74 Eric Campbell 2010 .000 DNP
23 74 Kurt Suzuki 2008 .259
24 74 Stephen Drew 2007 .239
25 74 Eric Campbell 2011 .000 DNP
26 73 Neil Walker 2010 .292
27 73 James Loney 2008 .267
28 73 George Brett 1977 .309
29 73 Brent Morel 2011 .243
30 73 Jared Goedert 2009 .000 DNP
31 73 Erick Aybar 2008 .240
32 73 Luis Jimenez 2012 .000 DNP
33 73 Kyle Seager 2012 .274
34 73 Ryan Wheeler 2013 .173
35 72 Stephen Parker 2012 .000 DNP
36 72 Josh Harrison 2012 .238
37 72 Jorge Jimenez 2009 .000 DNP
38 72 Carlos Rivero 2012 .000 DNP
39 72 Asdrubal Cabrera 2010 .238
40 72 Joe Leonard 2013 .000 DNP
41 72 Eric Duncan 2009 .000 DNP
42 72 Casey McGehee 2007 .000 DNP
43 72 Alexi Amarista 2013 .226
44 72 Zack Cox 2013 .000 DNP
45 72 DJ LeMahieu 2013 .228
46 72 Vinnie Catricala 2013 .000 DNP
47 72 Jim Negrych 2009 .000 DNP
48 71 Everth Cabrera 2011 .325
49 71 Johnny Giavotella 2012 .210
50 71 Matthew Duffy 2013 .000 DNP
51 71 Miguel Montero 2008 .266
52 71 Yamaico Navarro 2012 .176
53 71 Dioner Navarro 2008 .263
54 71 Brandon Laird 2012 .262
55 71 Kyle Bellows 2013 .000 DNP
56 71 Gary Sheffield 1993 .296
57 71 Jeff Fiorentino 2007 .000 DNP
58 71 Zach Lutz 2010 .000 DNP
59 71 German Duran 2009 .000 DNP
60 71 Kevin Ahrens 2013 .000 DNP
61 71 Ron Santo 1964 .343
62 71 Alex Buchholz 2012 .000 DNP
63 71 Justin Bloxom 2012 .000 DNP
64 71 Jairo Perez 2012 .000 DNP
65 70 Nate Tenbrink 2011 .000 DNP
66 70 Alex Avila 2011 .308
67 70 Daniel Descalso 2011 .266
68 70 Pedro Lopez 2008 .000 DNP
69 70 Chin-lung Hu 2008 .197
70 70 Sergio Miranda 2011 .000 DNP
71 70 Leo Hernandez 1984 .000 DNP
72 70 Richie Hebner 1972 .343
73 70 Willie Cabrera 2011 .000 DNP
74 70 Brandon Macias 2013 .000 DNP
75 70 J.J. Hardy 2007 .254
76 70 Yangervis Solarte 2012 .000 DNP
77 70 Marwin Gonzalez 2013 .222
78 70 Brad Emaus 2010 .000 DNP
79 70 Jesus Guzman 2008 .000 DNP
80 70 Jordy Mercer 2011 .000 DNP
81 70 Marquez Smith 2009 .000 DNP
82 70 Bill Madlock 1975 .317
83 70 Gordon Beckham 2011 .240
84 70 Jose Flores 2012 .000 DNP
85 69 Reid Brignac 2010 .245
86 69 Daric Barton 2010 .290
87 69 Robin Ventura 1992 .294
88 69 Anderson Hidalgo 2013 .000 DNP
89 69 Buddy Bell 1976 .262
90 69 Alejandro De Aza 2008 .000 DNP
91 69 Eric Chavez 2002 .301
92 69 Jose Lopez 2008 .270
93 69 Adrian Beltre 2003 .257
94 69 Stefan Welch 2013 .000 DNP
95 69 Matt Carpenter 2010 .000 DNP
96 69 Matt Hague 2010 .000 DNP
97 69 Adam Lind 2008 .263
98 69 Michael Wing 2013 .000 DNP
99 69 Adam Abraham 2011 .000 DNP
100 69 Ryan Rohlinger 2008 .091

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .240 .278 .360 .226
11 vs R (Multi) .247 .292 .427 .254
18 Split (Multi) .007 .015 .068 .028
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .235 .274 .353 .227
31 vs R (2013) .244 .291 .423 .253
38 Split (2013) .008 .016 .070 .027
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 For the second year in a row, the Astros finished the season with a surprisingly adequate performance at third base from a young, prospect-y player. Last year's edition was Dominguez, the bounty from the Carlos Lee trade. That the team was able to get a slick-fielding prospect who was believed to have good power potential was a testament both to some creative negotiating (the Astros paid all but a tiny portion of Lee's salary) and to Dominguez's awful struggles in Triple-A in the Marlins' system. As with Jimmy Paredes in 2011, the good numbers Dominguez posted in the big leagues are fluky. But it's possible that his defense is good enough to make him an average all-around third baseman, and he's young enough that there's still a chance for significant growth.
2012 There was some talk last winter that the slick-fielding Dominguez could win the Marlins third base job with an impressive showing in spring training, but a .190/.292/.357 performance punched his ticket to New Orleans for more seasoning. Days before the opening of the minor league season, Dominguez's left elbow was fractured when he was hit by a pitch in an exhibition game, delaying his start until mid-May. He remained in Triple-A until the Marlins called him up for the final three weeks of the season, where he started at third base in 13 of the team's final 21 games. It's hard to see where Dominguez made progress with the bat last year, but, as has been the case throughout his pro career, he was significantly younger than the majority of players in his league. The acquisition of Reyes, and subsequent shifting of Hanley Ramirez from shortstop to third base, all but guarantees that Dominguez's future is with another organization.
2011 Maybe coaching will be the critical factor in tightening up the infield defense, but if Dominguez wins the job at third, Perry Hill's task will be that much easier. An electric defender gifted with ample range and a shoulder-mounted rocket-launcher at the hot corner, Dominguez started 30 double plays last year. At the plate, he's a work in progress without superior patience or power, but he's been so much younger than his leagues that we will have to wait to see if he consolidates lessons about laying off breaking stuff out of the zone. He did finish hot at the plate, capping a final flurry with three bombs in the Southern League playoffs. While Dominguez could conceivably win the Opening Day assignment at third with a good camp, if he's sent back down for a multi-month tuneup, the short-term danger for his future is that Coghlan could flop as a center fielder and need to move to third, or that non-roster invitee Ruben Gotay could catch on and hit early.
2010 Dominguez was the Marlins' first-round pick (12th overall) in their strong 2007 draft (Mike Stanton was their second-rounder). He made it up to Double-A as a teenager, but didn't hit well there, and he carried his struggles over to the Arizona Fall League this winter. Dominguez might be the best defensive third baseman in the minors, but his bat remains unproven. The power he showed in 2008 might have been a product of his home park, and the lack of follow-up in 2009 can only partially be attributed to the pitcher-friendly environment of the Florida State League. Dominguez is quite young, so there's no reason to rush to judgment. Much will be revealed when he returns to Double-A, so don't get on the Marlins for selecting Dominguez over Jason Heyward (taken by the Braves at 14th overall) too much—not yet.
2009 A first-round selection in 2007, last season Dominguez flexed some of the muscle that got him drafted twelfth overall, although he had to fend off mono early and elbow woes late. His instincts and a strong arm at the hot corner are already signs of a future Gold Glove candidate, but there is some concern that his bat is not on par with his glove—look no further than his road line of .246/.296/.392—but at least he crushed lefties, slugging .587. Given his age, he has plenty of time to sort his bat out.
2008 The Marlins took one of the five best high school hitters available in last year's draft with the 12th overall pick, snagging this third baseman out of Chatsworth, California. Dominguez's professional debut was a write-off; what you want to note is that he didn't turn 18 until the season was almost over, making him an incredibly young prospect. His glove is considered above-average, and his bat is expected to provide more power than average.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Dominguez. Ceiling and overall expectations for this lad?
(cubswin08 from Chicago)
He's an interesting player. I like the glove and the power, just not the approach. At Dominguez's peak, I see an average to slightly above-average player. Perhaps he'll make some real strides at the plate and become even better than that, but I'm not optimistic. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Matt Dominguez underrated as a 3B because he plays for Houston?
(Reed from Texas)
No, he has a job because he plays for Houston. Dominguez is properly rated as a very good defensive third baseman with moderate pop who will make a ton of outs, but if he doesn't hit a little bit more he'll get passed over once the Astros get better. (Jeff Moore)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nick, Wondering if Matt Dominguez has any fantasy value for 2014? Also, do you think the Astro players should be able to use 2013,1st year against AL pitching, to improve their stats this year? thanks
(vampires from michigan)
I wouldn't look for blanket statistical improvement based on a year of looks at AL pitching. Most of these Astros players are placeholders for the future, or complementary players for the impact talents Houston hopes to place over the next few seasons. I don't know what the thresholds are for fantasy purposes, but I'd assume Dominguez's value will be tied to guys like Altuve, Castro, and Springer having strong seasons around him to drive up RBI/run totals. Fringy to me, but check with our fantasy folks who are more in tune with the landscape. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Zach. PECOTA is pretty down on Matt Dominguez for this season. I thought he showed some nice pop in his time with the big club last year to go with the slick fielding. Do you see him developing into at least a league average 3rd sacker or is he just an all-glove fill in?
(Fred L from Houston)
He could be league average for sure. You'd consider the glove in calling him league average, so he can get there with only slightly below average offense. (Zachary Levine)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can I expect from Matt Dominguez next year?
(Greg from San Diego)
Plenty of opportunity. I don't know if Dominguez is ever going to hit, but the Astros will give him every chance to prove that he can. (Geoff Young)
2012-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which two teams would you say made the most significant improvements to their minor league system from last year?
(AndrewBokermann from Chicago)
Houston comes immediately to mind. As I noted a few weeks ago, their summer trades didn't add potential stars to the system, but they did add significant depth (and Matt Dominguez). Drafting Correa, McCullers, Ruiz, and others has done a lot to replenish the lower levels, and there are some potential stars in that group. I can't think of another obvious team that's significantly improved their system, but I do think the Rangers added a lot of talent to an already strong base via this year's draft. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Dominguez has looked pretty darn good in his initial small sample with Houston (take that Aroldis Chapman). What one thing will either make or break him as a successful Major League bat?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
Recognition of off-speed stuff and realizing that just because he *can* hit everything doesn't mean that he should swing at everything. I don't think he's ever going to be a an above-average hitter, but if he can settle in at .260-.270 with 15-20 home runs and plus defense at third base, that's a very good player. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)How proud are you that Matt Dominguez is out producing Carlos Lee since the trade? In only 40 ab!!
(@webberoo11 from Las Vegas)
I'm certainly happy to see that he's doing well, though he clearly isn't going to hit this well for any extended period of time. I was still wrong in preferring him over Middlebrooks in the pre-season, but Dominguez is doing a nice job of taking advantage of the opportunity Houston has afforded him. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-06-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Dominguez and David Coopers can be all stars right? Both are so good out there. Hard not to like
(Mike McDale from Dunedin)
Absolutely. Their bats will play well in the Northern League. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which guy that isn't a Top 50 prospect right now has the best chance to be a Top 20 by season's end, in your opinion?
(AznAlan from Toronto)
Nick Castellanos is quickly usurping Matt Dominguez as my 3B mancrush du jour, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him ranked among the game's elite prospects after this year. He isn't likely to hit 25 home runs spending his summer in the Florida State League, but scouts I've talked to think he's starting to learn how to tap into his natural strength. (Bradley Ankrom)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who makes your minor league Gold Glove team this year?
(Ryan from Utica)
I'd have to think about it longer, but it's a really fun idea. Two Giants come to mind with Posey at C, and Adrianza at SS (if you don't count Escobar). Drew Stubbs in CF, Matt Dominguez at 3B. Still thinking . . . . (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Dominguez - still a top prospect?
(Al from Quincy)
I might be in the minority here, but I think so. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Matt Dominguez? Legit above average 3B? Elite? ETA?
(Brian from Miami)
Yes; maybe; 2011. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Dominguez is a high first rounder, has a really good full season debut, but doesn't get a lot of hype. His draft spot seems to indicate his hitting is no joke, but he doesn't get much hype. What's the story here?
(Matt S from Chicago)
Overshadowed by Stanton in my mind. But you're right, he had a great debut and really bumped his stock up a ton. I'm a big big fan. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Dominguez has been caliente after an admittedly small sample size start to life in the Sally League. Any word on if he has improved his approach at the plate?
(Daniel from Dallas)
I think Dominguez got over-dinged just because he was drafted higher than his talent merited last year. He's still a damn good player, and we shouldn't be surprised that he's doing well, or even assume that he's made some kind of big change or improvement to his game. He was a very good prospect coming into this thing. (Kevin Goldstein)


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