Matt Dominguez (baseball)
Dominguez with the Astros in 2014
Houston Astros – No. 30
August 28, 1989 |
Van Nuys, California
|September 6, 2011 for the Florida Marlins|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||152|
Matthew Scott Dominguez (born August 28, 1989) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Florida Marlins in 2011. He was traded to the Astros the next season.
Dominguez was sent to Rookie-A Gulf Coast League Marlins. During that year, he moved to short-A Jamestown Jammers. He ended the season playing 15 games with 1 home run and a batting average of .158.
Dominguez spent the whole 2008 season with the class-A Greensboro Grasshoppers. In 88 games, he hit 18 home runs, 70 RBIs, with a batting average of .296.
He split the 2009 season with the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Jacksonville Suns. He hit .262 in 103 games Jupiter, but hit only .186 in 31 games after he was promoted to Jacksonville.
Still playing with the Suns in the 2010 season, Dominguez worked with John Mallee, the Marlins' minor-league hitting coordinator, on his swing. Dominguez hit .252 with 14 homers and 81 RBI in 138 games. Dominguez was named Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star for the Southern League.
In the 2011 season, Dominguez played for the Hammerheads, Suns, and triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.
Before the 2012 season, he was sent back down to the Zephyrs after playing in the Majors for some time. Before being traded to the Astros, Dominguez played 78 games with the Zephyrs, hitting .234 with 7 home runs and 46 RBIs.
He was called up to the majors for the first time on September 6, 2011. He made his debut as a pinch hitter that day against the New York Mets. The next day, He got his first major league hit off of Mets' pitcher R.A. Dickey.
Dominguez was traded with Rob Rasmussen to the Houston Astros for Carlos Lee on July 4, 2012. He played the next day against the Pittsburgh Pirates and went 0-2. On July 9, Dominguez was sent to triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks, after playing 4 games with the Astros. He hit two home runs in a game against the Texas Rangers. He made the Astros' major league roster in 2013 and 2014, but was sent down to the minors before the start of the 2015 season, losing his starting spot to Luis Valbuena, who was acquired by the Astros in January. In 2013, he hit for a .241 batting average, along with 21 home runs, and 77 runs batted in. The next season he slumped to a .215 average, 16 home runs, and 57 RBIs.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)