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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
11 1369 .231 .273 .371 88 3.3
Birth Date8-28-1989
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
Age29 years, 11 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2011 FLO 21 17 48 11 4 0 0 2 8 1 0 0 .244 .292 .333 82 -0.9 -1.6 0.0 -0.1
2012 HOU 22 31 113 31 2 2 5 4 17 0 0 0 .284 .310 .477 98 -0.2 -2.6 0.6 0.1
2013 HOU 23 152 589 131 25 0 21 30 96 7 0 1 .241 .286 .403 96 -1.5 -0.3 14.7 3.3
2014 HOU 24 157 607 121 17 0 16 29 125 5 0 1 .215 .256 .330 77 -14.6 -0.4 -2.4 0.0
2016 TOR 26 5 12 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .000 .083 .000 84 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career362136929448242662491302.231.273.37188-17.5-5.012.93.3

Statistics for All Levels

'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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2007 JAM A- NYP 10 38 .253 .317 .362 .250 110 -2.5 1.1 0.2 39 0 0.9 0.0 -2.3 0.0
2007 MRL Rk GCL 5 22 .251 .334 .355 .111 88 -3.7 0.7 0 856 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.9 0.0
2008 GRB A SAL 88 381 .263 .330 .393 .324 117 5.9 10.8 1.5 119 0 -7.4 -0.3 3.5 0.8
2009 JUP A+ FSL 103 429 .252 .324 .363 .295 94 8.3 12.4 1.6 122 0 4.6 -0.9 9.1 2.8
2009 JAX AA SOU 31 114 .264 .343 .390 .222 94 -5.4 4.1 0.6 57 0 0.0 -2.0 -5.5 -0.3
2010 JAX AA SOU 138 577 .265 .339 .395 .286 93 19.7 17.4 2.4 108 0 4.1 0.0 8.0 3.2
2011 FLO MLB NL 17 48 .253 .314 .374 .297 96 -2.4 1.3 0.2 82 17 0.0 -1.6 -0.9 -0.1
2011 JUP A+ FSL 4 20 .255 .328 .370 .200 81 -2.1 0.6 0.1 53 0 0.2 -0.3 -0.9 0.0
2011 JAX AA SOU 4 19 .261 .336 .391 .154 97 -1.7 0.6 0.1 64 0 0.4 -0.2 -0.7 0.0
2011 NWO AAA PCL 87 356 .281 .350 .436 .270 95 -5.3 11.0 1.3 88 0 8.4 -2.6 -4.2 1.3
2012 HOU MLB NL 31 113 .254 .312 .407 .299 99 1 3.1 0.4 98 14 0.6 -2.6 -0.2 0.1
2012 NWO AAA PCL 78 315 .278 .342 .433 .239 92 -7.3 9.4 1.3 86 0 -4.2 -3.2 -6.2 -0.3
2012 OKL AAA PCL 45 177 .274 .339 .425 .329 95 2.7 5.3 0.7 88 0 -1.7 0.6 -5.0 0.0
2013 HOU MLB AL 152 589 .253 .314 .397 .254 100 -6.8 15.5 2 96 10 14.7 -0.3 -1.5 3.3
2014 HOU MLB AL 157 607 .249 .310 .382 .244 98 -26.6 15.7 1.8 77 6 -2.4 -0.4 -14.6 0.0
2015 CSP AAA PCL 72 287 .267 .328 .395 .305 111 -3.6 8.0 0.9 87 0 -1.1 -3.6 -8.7 -0.5
2015 FRE AAA PCL 45 188 .270 .335 .411 .276 108 -4.8 5.2 0.1 85 0 3.8 -1.2 -5.9 0.2
2016 TOR MLB AL 5 12 .238 .298 .379 .000 112 -2.5 0.3 0 84 13 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2016 BUF AAA INT 127 514 .252 .313 .375 .281 101 -2.3 14.4 0.5 107 0 14.9 -6.3 -2.3 2.2
2017 PAW AAA INT 116 451 .256 .321 .394 .277 96 -1.5 13.4 -0.7 99 0 6.1 -1.0 0.1 1.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2007 MRL Rk GCL 22 20 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 .100 .143 .100 .000 0 0
2007 JAM A- NYP 38 37 3 7 2 0 1 12 4 1 12 0 0 .189 .211 .324 .135 0 0
2008 GRB A SAL 381 345 59 102 16 0 18 172 70 28 68 0 1 .296 .357 .499 .203 0 0
2009 JAX AA SOU 114 97 10 18 7 0 2 31 9 14 24 0 0 .186 .292 .320 .134 1 1
2009 JUP A+ FSL 429 381 49 100 25 1 11 160 53 38 68 1 0 .262 .337 .420 .157 0 0
2010 JAX AA SOU 577 504 61 127 34 2 14 207 81 56 96 0 2 .252 .337 .411 .159 1 1
2011 FLO MLB NL 48 45 2 11 4 0 0 15 2 2 8 0 0 .244 .292 .333 .089 0 0
2011 JUP A+ FSL 20 18 0 3 0 0 0 3 2 1 3 0 0 .167 .250 .167 .000 0 0
2011 NWO AAA PCL 356 325 47 84 18 1 12 140 55 24 50 0 1 .258 .312 .431 .172 4 0
2011 JAX AA SOU 19 15 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 2 0 0 .133 .316 .133 .000 0 0
2012 NWO AAA PCL 315 286 27 67 14 0 7 102 46 23 31 0 1 .234 .291 .357 .122 3 2
2012 OKL AAA PCL 177 161 21 48 10 0 2 64 23 11 21 0 0 .298 .347 .398 .099 2 1
2012 HOU MLB NL 113 109 14 31 2 2 5 52 16 4 17 0 0 .284 .310 .477 .193 0 0
2013 HOU MLB AL 589 543 56 131 25 0 21 219 77 30 96 0 1 .241 .286 .403 .162 7 2
2014 HOU MLB AL 607 564 51 121 17 0 16 186 57 29 125 0 1 .215 .256 .330 .115 7
2015 CSP AAA PCL 287 267 37 75 21 1 6 116 30 15 37 0 0 .281 .324 .434 .154 2 0
2015 FRE AAA PCL 188 175 14 44 9 0 4 65 26 4 28 0 0 .251 .289 .371 .120 2 1
2016 TOR MLB AL 12 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .083 .000 .000 0 0
2016 BUF AAA INT 514 475 47 128 18 0 18 200 67 29 70 1 0 .269 .315 .421 .152 5 0
2017 PAW AAA INT 451 424 47 112 20 0 16 180 67 19 68 3 2 .264 .295 .425 .160 6 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2011 176 0.5057 0.4318 0.8421 0.5955 0.2644 0.9057 0.6957 0.1579 0.0007
2012 433 0.5127 0.4273 0.8703 0.5315 0.3175 0.9492 0.7313 0.1297 0.0038
2013 2179 0.4938 0.4612 0.8199 0.6097 0.3164 0.8994 0.6705 0.1801 0.0096
2014 2262 0.5027 0.4836 0.7761 0.6165 0.3493 0.8588 0.6285 0.2239 0.0022
2016 51 0.4902 0.3725 0.8947 0.4800 0.2692 0.9167 0.8571 0.1053 0.0000
Career51010.49970.46640.80630.60430.32880.88600.65980.19370.0054

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2017 BOS $
2016 TOR $
2015 HOU $
2014 HOU $510,100
2013 HOU $491,800
2012 MIA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,001,900
2 yrTotal$1,001,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 74 dElite Sports Group2019

Details
  • 1 year (2018), plus 2019 club option. Signed by Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan 12/26/17. Chiba Lotte declined 2019 option 11/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/12/16 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Toronto 3/16. DFA by Toronto 6/7/16 (optional assignment). DFA by Toronto 9/2/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/3/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Houston 3/15. Claimed by Milwaukee off waivers 6/16/15 after being DFA by Houston 6/8/15. Claimed by Toronto off waivers from Milwaukee 9/5/15.
  • 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.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Matt Dominguez can still play third base with the best of them, but his struggles to make consistent contact have left him looking for an opening on a big-league bench.
2016 Getting released by the Brewers in 2015 seems like a pretty good way to sum up a lot of things for Matt Dominguez, but his glove and first-round pedigree will earn him more chances, and more Lineouts, in the future.
2015 The Astros enjoyed a year of promising youth. Unfortunately for Dominguez, he wasn't part of that resurgence. While his name was scribbled into the lineup nearly every day, all that held up from 2013 breakout were his power numbers; everything else took a nasty turn, especially in the summer, with a .472 second-half OPS that was 100 points worse than any teammate's. His reputation as a reliable defender with a bit of power will be on the line this year. A team can stay a bit more patient with a 25-year-old, but if he starts struggling again early, the Astros might waste little time yanking him for someone who can get on base.
2014 The 2013 campaign was Dominguez’s first full season in the majors, and he emerged as a legitimate big leaguer. He was a defense-first (defense-only?) prospect, and he can still pick it at third, but the not-too-horrible offense was a nice surprise. Dominguez hit right-handed pitching at about a league-average rate because of very good power production. He favors the inside pitch, and can turn on pitches off the plate, but lefties seem to give him trouble when they work him away. He did fare well against southpaws in the minors and true reverse-split hitters are exceedingly rare, so we can expect him to make an adjustment to the superior control and off-speed stuff he’s seeing in the Show. Dominguez is one of the few 2013 Astros likely to be a part of the next winning Houston team.
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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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-05-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's it like in the Braves front office right now?
(Frank W. from Boston)
Very sorry for the site problems. In our defense: Even the Cubs are losing right now, so these things happen.

The weird thing about tanking to win is it creates this perverse ambiguity about how to assess things, because *technically* the worse you do the better it is for the plan. But you have to balance that with the fact that it's very, very hard to embrace awful play, even when that awful play might have some tangible benefits down the line; and that, in a lost season, you want to be able to hold on to happy surprises. Like, for instance, I remember in 2013 thinking what a great thing for the Astros front office it was that Marwin Gonzalez and Matt Dominguez (as I recall) were playing well. That was something they could root for, and hold on to. At this point in the Braves season, there's very little to hold onto. In fact, I'm not sure there are more than three positive developments at the MLB level, and when you really dig in I'm not sure there are two.

The simplest thing to do if you're the GM is to fire the manager, who exists mainly to be fired at this point; reap the illusion of improvement when the team "regresses" to something like its true 65-win talent; point to some real successes in the farm so far; and try to always have a funny joke to tell your owner whenever you see him. (Sam Miller)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance we'll see any more offensive output from Matt Dominguez this year or has he reached his potential?
(dvanhait from Holland)
I remain pessimistic that we're going to see much in the way of development for Dominguez at the plate. In my view, he's reached the point where he "is what he is," and there's a role for that player in the big leagues. (Mark Anderson)
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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