What does it take to have a leading player at third base in Major League Baseball? Well first of all they don’t call it the hot corner for nothing. A good glove and strong accurate arm are two very important factors right out of the gate. If you have a guy hitting thirty homers but booting a ball per game at third, you don’t have a great third baseman. The Houston Astros have those qualities and possibly more in Matt Dominguez.
Dominguez doesn’t have a ton of experience at the top level of baseball. He played 17 games for the Miami Marlins (then the Florida Marlins) in 2011 and after a trade played 31 games for the Astros last season. That isn’t much time to see what he is made of but what we do know from what we have seen is that his defense is good enough almost by itself to keep him in the lineup. Third base is one of the positions on the field that you need a little pop, however.
Looking at minor league stats, Dominguez has both had down years and years where significant pop showed in his bat. So far this spring he has shown some power and looks to be trying to make a splash during what should be his first full season in the big leagues. Manager Bo Porter wouldn’t stick with him if he hadn’t earned a spot. That speaks to his character and his work ethic. His defense speaks for itself and his offense is coming along nicely. All in all, the Astros probably have all they need at third in Dominguez.