Chris Dominguez Scouting Report (2010)
To my surprise, Chris Dominguez was named one of the top 25 prospects in the South Atlantic league after the 2010 season came to a close. Perplexed, I wondered how a a 23-year old could garner such attention based on a good, but not great season in a league where he was older than the competition and posted a line of .272/.326/.456.
And while Dominguez is an imposing physical presence with power to spare, major holes in his approach make for serious red flags considering his advanced age and extensive college experience.
Man among boys physically compared to other players at the level
Listed height/weight of 6-foot-3, 215 lbs. looked on the light side; Best estimate is 230 lbs. or so
Solid athleticism for his size; Decent downhill speed once he gets moving
Quiet load in the batter’s box; Mechanics appear repeatable
Relatively short swing; Wrists lack explosiveness; Negatively affects bat whip through the zone
Classic mistake hitter; Launched mammoth home run on 88 MPH belt high fastball
Dead pull hitter; Tried to turn on both inside and outside pitches
Significant problems catching up to 90+ MPH fastballs in the zone
Significant problems adjusting to breaking pitches; Even below average breaking balls gave him fits
Slow first step hurts Dominguez on defense
Limited range; Booted a couple of routine ground balls late in the season
Arm was quite strong; Throws prone to arm side run
Stolen bases unlikely to be a part of his game as he continues up the ladder
After watching him play, I referred back to a scouting report on Dominguez by Frankie Piliere back in 2008 to find little had changed in the two years since that report was written. Dominguez seemed like the same player he was as a junior in college which leaves me questioning his ability to adjust at a more advanced age than the average “Sally” prospect.
At 19, I wouldn’t be concerned about his progress or lack thereof yet. But at 24, Dominguez needs to mash his way through High-A and finish the season doing the like in Double-A for me to really take him seriously as a prospect. Unfortunately for Dominguez, I suspect he will hit a buzzsaw in Bridgeport against pitchers who can spin a breaking pitch with any consistency whatsoever, dooming him to organizational status.
21 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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