Pitching for his third organization in as many seasons, Jose Dominguez remained an enigma. With a blistering fastball (average: 96.1 mph), hard slider and occasional changeup, Dominguez has an arsenal befitting a quality late-inning reliever. What he possesses in raw talent, he lacks in control, however, and that recurring theme has kept him on the Triple-A-to-MLB shuttle since he broke through with the Dodgers in 2013. It's easy to see why organizations continue to take the chance on the hard-throwing righty, but until he can locate his offerings more consistently to chip away at the walk rate (career 10.3 percent walk rate) and keep the ball in the year more consistently (1.13 HR/9), he'll continue to be a project in middle relief.
Dominguez was suspended 142 games after testing positive for a banned substance, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This marks the second time that Dominguez has been suspended for a banned substance in his career. He spent the spring in major-league camp, during which he gave up three runs over 4.2 Cactus League innings.
Dominguez was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Dominguez walked four and allowed four hits and three runs in 4.2 innings to earn a 5.79 Cactus League ERA this spring.
Dominguez signed a minor league contract with the Giants, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Dominguez managed just three more strikeouts (20) than walks (17) in 35.2 innings with the Padres in 2016, ultimately leading to his removal from the 40-man roster. The right-hander does feature an intriguing repertoire of pitches and is still just 26, but he's been unable to miss bats or find the strike zone consistently at the major league level.
Dominguez elected free agency after being outrighted to Triple-A by the Padres, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Dominguez tossed a career-high 35.2 innings at the big league level for the Padres in 2016, carrying a 5.05 ERA and 1.43 WHIP and striking out batters at a surprisingly low 5.0 K/9 clip despite a big fastball (average velocity: 96.0 mph). The hard-throwing right-hander will likely draw interest in the form of a minor league deal with another club this winter.
Dominguez was called up by the Padres on Friday. Signed to a minor league deal in the offseason, Dominguez spent some time with the big league club in spring training but did not fare well. While he's been OK in terms of run prevention in 27 appearances with Triple-A El Paso this season, walks have been a major issue (25 in 35.2 innings) and he won't be up for long if he can't limit the free passes.
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