Matt Dominguez Has Chance for Breakout Season For Houston Astros in 2014
Though Matt Dominguez is still in his early twenties and the early stages of his Major League Baseball career, he is already making waves at third base for the Houston Astros. Anyone that stands out for the Astros right now gets credit just like Jose Altuve gets at second base for the club. Dominguez was a step better than Altuve at least defensively in 2013 according to Wilson who named him the Astros top defender for 2013.
I think he deserves that credit as he certainly above league average at one of the toughest positions to field. As in all areas of his game though there remains quite a bit of room to grow. Luckily this was his first full season as a major leaguer and he is steadily improving. His batting average was a little too low in the .241 area but he still clubbed 21 home runs and drove in 77 RBI. Considering he is only getting started, Dominguez has himself in great position going into 2014.
Chance is, if the Astros do what they claim they will do, Dominguez will have a better support staff around him in the batting order and that should help him and everyone else out. His power is developing further but he still doesn’t strikeout that much which is a very good combination. If I had to guess I would pick his 2014 stats somewhere around a .280 batting average with 25 homers and close to 95 or 100 RBI. The potential is through the roof but it’s up to him to develop it.