SF Giants Prospect Profile: Chris Dominguez

Chris Dominguez's prospect clock continues to wind down. The Giants have moved the slugger from third base to the outfield. He's starting the year at double-A Richmond -- and he's off to a hot start.

Position: Outfield
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 235
Born: 11/22/86
Bats: Right
Throws: Right


Chris Dominguez was drafted by both the Rangers in 2005 and the Rockies in 2008 before the Giants selected him in the third round of the 2009 draft. He entered pro ball after four years at Lousville, where he had monster seasons in his junior and senior years. Dominguez posted an OPS above 1.100 in both seasons after being converted from a pitcher after his sophomore year.

Dominguez's first full season for the Giants was in low-A Augusta, where he racked up 21 homers, 101 RBI and 14 stolen bases. At age 23, he was considered old for the level, but he still dominated.

In his age 24 season in 2011, Dominguez split time between high-A San Jose and double-A Richmond, but he struggled with contact issues. Dominguez struck out 151 times, while drawing only 27 walks, in over 550 at bats. That is a huge red flag.

Future outlook

With Dominguez starting the 2012 season at double-A Richmond, he is going to need to make some major strides in his game. Dominguez has been heralded as a top prospect and has posted some impressive numbers. But 2012 could be a make-or-break year in deciding whether the power potential will realize itself.

The biggest negative in Dominguez's game is his plate discipline. He drew just 9 walks in 295 at bats last year in double-A. Over the same stretch he struck out 78 times.

Still, Dominguez is off to a torrid start, hitting .415 through 11 games. He's clubbed one homer and four doubles in the early going. But the 8/1 K/BB ratio is still there.

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