OKC RedHawks: Matt Dominguez settling in with new organization

Life's been crazy for Matt Dominguez lately. He was traded from the Miami Marlins organization, where he'd been playing for New Orleans, to the Houston Astros. He spent a short time with Houston before coming to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer aslater@opubco.com Published: July 12, 2012
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At first, Matt Dominguez thought it was a joke.

He was hitting in the cages, getting some pregame swings in, when Chris Coghlan and Luke Montz, two of Dominguez's New Orleans teammates, told him the news.

Searching their phones, Coghlan and Montz stumbled upon some breaking news, notifying them that Dominguez was part of a three-player trade, heading to the Houston Astros organization with minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen for Carlos Lee.

“I didn't believe it at first, thought they were just messing with me,” Dominguez said. “But about 30 minutes later, I found out it was true.”

Just like that, Dominguez was abruptly shipped away by the only organization he ever knew.

Drafted 12th overall out of high school by the Marlins in 2007, Dominguez spent the past five years shooting up Miami's organizational tiers, making his Major League Baseball debut last September, as a 22-year-old.

Viewed by many as one of the team's top prospects, Dominguez didn't do much during that late season call-up, hitting .244 with little power.

Starting this season in Triple-A, his struggles carried over.

In 78 games before the trade, Dominguez hit .234 with seven home runs on an average New Orleans team.

Right before Game 79, he was shipped off to the Astros.

“Going from having no idea I was getting traded to starting (for the Astros) in Pittsburgh was very exciting,” Dominguez said. “Kind of a crazy last week.”

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