When you are named Baseball America's top prospect for your organization, there are expectations that are frequently difficult to live up to. Matt Dominguez is a fine well-rounded baseball player but doesn't quite add up in the skills department to be a productive fantasy player.
Let's breakdown Dominguez's game and point out what makes this outstanding prospect a bit of a dud when it comes to fantasy baseball in 2011.
Matt Dominguez: 3B, Florida Marlins
Height: 6'1" Weight: 185 lbs Hits: Right Throws: Right
2010 Stats (AA): .252/.333/.411, 14 HR, 81 RBI, 61 runs, 0 steals
Scouting Report: What separates Dominguez from other 3B prospects is his superb defensive skills at the hot corner. He has outstanding range and a plus arm that allows him to make all the plays from diving laterally to charging in to take away the bunt.
At the plate, Dominguez leaves much to be desired. He has trouble picking up breaking balls and also gets sawed off from inside fastballs far too frequently.
The Marlins tinkered with his stance a bit last year by lowering his hands which appeared to help him considerably in turning around inside fastballs.
Dominguez has average power with 14-18 homers per season projected for the young third baseman. He does a lot of little things that do not make it into the box score such as moving runners over, hitting sac flies and laying down a bunt. These skills will help the Marlins score runs and will pad his RBI totals a bit, but won't win him any postseason awards. His glove will get him some and keep him in the big leagues for quite some time. However, Dominguez will have to make frequent adjustments if he wants to make an impact with his bat.
2011 Analysis: Dominguez is definitely the Marlins 3B of the future, but his deficiencies at the plate might cause the team to take the patient approach with him and have him work in his mechanics for a bit in AAA.
Even if he does make the big league club out of Spring Training, Dominguez is not much of a fantasy player as his bat is just too weak.
He projects as a No. 6 or No. 7 hitter with some pop but not much else. As the young Marlins like Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez continue to grow into top tier players, Dominguez will benefit from the RBI opportunities.
But the future will not help your fantasy team in 2011, therefore, Dominguez should receive little attention outside of NL only leagues.
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Jeff Mans is a contributor to Bleacher Report and the Senior Writer at Fantasy Alarm.