Despite being from California, Dominguez already has an understanding of the type baseball program MSU has. He had the chance to pitch in front of the UCLA coaches a month and a half after they had defeated Mississippi State for the 2013 national championship. Even that temptation wasn't enough to offset his desire to be a Mississippi State Bulldog.
"Probably a week before I committed to Mississippi State the coaches at UCLA wanted me to pitch at UCLA in a live game because they were interested in me," said Dominguez. "My trainer, who is also my pitching coach back home, was talking to (UCLA head coach) John Savage and he wanted to see me throw."
A week later that opportunity presented itself. But he simply couldn't wait any longer to be a Bulldog.
"Before I got in my car to drive to UCLA and pitch I called (MSU pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson and told him that I love Mississippi State and wanted to commit," said Dominguez. "So, I committed to Mississippi State, then drove to UCLA and still pitched."
He was so excited that he posted that he had committed to MSU on his twitter account.
"I posted my commitment on twitter and when I got to UCLA people gave me weird looks, wondering why I had to committed to Mississippi State," said the talented right-hander. "People wondered why I committed because UCLA was national champions. But people back home in California don't understand that they are great coaches, great people (at MSU). People just don't see how great the people are here, how great the coaches are, how great the facilities are, how passionate the fans are, and how successful this program is going to be."
Even during his visits to other schools, Dominguez had a strong feeling about how great the MSU baseball program is.
"I took a lot of visits, had a bunch of offers but I purposely planned on visiting Mississippi State last because I wanted to see everything that California had to offer, then see how great the SEC really was," said Dominguez, who had offers from Cal Poly, Pepperdine and San Jose State and strong interest from Arizona, UCLA, Washington and Long Beach State.
He's been at Mississippi State since the second summer session and loves it even more.
"I love it here," said Dominguez. "I like the slower pace. And the people are nice here. I'm not saying the people in California aren't, because they are nice, too. And the opportunity for success is here, I just have to take it. Everything that I have ever wanted is here, I just have to take advantage of the opportunity."
Dominguez is not the only Californian on the Bulldog squad. Sophomore catcher Gavin Collins is the other Cali kid. And more are coming with three class 2017 California playing having committed this past summer.
"Gavin (Collins) started it but I'm excited to be a part of it," said Dominguez. "I think this is the beginning of a trend of California guys leaving the state and coming to the SEC. I think it is a new wave of California guys who see how great the SEC is. We are getting out of our comfort zone and playing against the best players in the best conference in the nation."
While Dominguez is excited to be part of the trend, MSU fans are also going to be excited to see the type pitcher they are getting in Dominguez.
"I am a competitive pitcher," he said. "I wake up every day with a championship mindset. I throw a lot of strikes. I'm a fastball, changeup type pitcher. I like to keep the ball low and generally get a lot of ground balls. At the beginning of (my senior) season a couple of pro scouts came out to watch me and they had (my fastball) at 89-92 (miles per hour), top 93."
He is competitive even in his workouts with MSU baseball strength coach Brian Neal.
"I love the workouts that we do," said Dominguez. "I love Coach Neal. I really want to be dominant in the workouts, be the first in running drills. I want to be first in every sprint. I want to increase my weight lifting every week by at least 10 to 15 pounds. I also want to lower my body fat. I'm trying to invest in my body and prepare my body which I hope will translate into my craft and increase my velocity."
MSU baseball starts their fall scrimmages October 14th.
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