2013 Dodgers in Review #44: RP Jose Dominguez

90topps_josedominguez2.16 ERA / 3.53 FIP  9.1 IP 4.32 K/9 3.24 BB/9 (inc.)

2013 in brief: Somewhat surprisingly recalled in late June, showed more potential than production before a July quad injury that was supposed to shelve him for only two weeks took the rest of his season.

2014 status: Likely to split time between Los Angeles & Albuquerque.

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You know, you’d think I’d have more to say about Jose Dominguez after a season in which he surprisingly made his big league debut in June. But then again, after a season-opening suspension in the minors and a season-ending quad injury that just never seemed to heal, Dominguez only did pitch 33.2 professional innings this year.

We were excited when he got recalled, anyway:

Dominguez, 23 in August, is known nearly as much for the two drug-related suspensions that have cost him time (50 games in 2010, 25 this year) as he is for the fastball that has been known to reach 103 miles per hour. In 2010, Dominguez tested positive for Stanozolol; it’s unknown what tripped him up this year, but it’s not thought to be a PED since he didn’t get popped for 100 games. (Most likely, it was failure to comply with a procedural issue related to his treatment or initial suspension.)

In 283.1 minor league innings, Dominguez has struck out 312; in 25.1 innings this year between Chattanooga & Albuquerque, he’s whiffed 40. I liked having Moylan around, but I’m excited to see what an arm like Dominguez can do.

The much-discussed heat was no mirage — in his time in the bigs, Dominguez averaged 98.5 MPH on his fastball. But despite that and the big strikeout numbers in the minors, it didn’t translate into missed bats in the bigs, because Dominguez whiffed only four of the 39 hitters he faced. Obviously, speed alone doesn’t work in the big leagues, and nearly 80% of Dominguez’ pitches were fastball. While I’m certainly not putting too much importance on 39 plate appearances from a guy that young, it’s something he’ll need to work on.

On July 22, Dominguez left a game in Toronto with what was at the time thought to be a minor quad injury. The very next day, Ken Gurnick reported that Dominguez was able to throw “with no discomfort,” but he was still placed on the disabled list to make room for the arrival of Carlos Marmol. Three days later, Dodgers.com reported that he was expected to miss the minimum 15 days. But somehow, we never saw him again, not even when rosters expanded in September, and he didn’t even manage to make any rehab appearances.

Still only heading into his age-23 season, Dominguez should have a bright future ahead of him. That said, between the limited amount of time he managed in 2013, the addition of so many veteran relievers, and the fact that he has options remaining, he’s all but certain to start 2014 in Triple-A. It’s probably safe to say we’ll see him again at some point.

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253 comments
Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

I logged on solely to read  the brian wilson equation

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

I just saw Mark Saxon's article about Kershaw and Puig and if they will get along.  I love that ESPN's Dodgers blogger has no fucking clue the amount of charity work Puig has done this offseason, and focuses solely on the speeding as being Puid's reckless personality,

BIah
BIah

The world is big and small at the same time

BIah
BIah

Was on the highway today in a minivan jammed with all 8 of the people in the family, one of my little brothers starts barfing.  CHAOS

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

apparently i used to have a habit of eating markers when i was young. my parents were super worried i was going to end up mentally disabled

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that would make me "idolized" hehehe

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MSTI OG

i barfed on my lisa simpson sleeping bag once when i rode in the family Suburban. grossed all the rest of my family and we had to pull over and throw the bag out :( i miss that bag

BIah
BIah

pulled over at a rest stop near San Francisco and saw a woman that looked like VND wearing scrubs walking about.  thought for a split second about saying something.

BIah
BIah

'The Idolized VND' has a certain ring to it

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whaaaaat where were you????

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like a spider man IRL

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your habit is substantially healthier than mine

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

I think it's a pool or underwater pool where Mayans used to make sacrifices.

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MSTI OG

hahahahahaha i know where that park is!!!!!!!!

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when you come up the hill, yep

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MSTI OG

well... there is a playground at the eastern end of GG park. dunno if thats what youre referring to. on sundays the hippies and homeless come out and play drums that you listen to when playing football or softball

BIah
BIah

LOL

My family has stopped there many a time to let the kids run and play...is that the one with the 3 giant colored bars in the front?

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

that park youre driving past? thats the one i run and complain about my butt hurting hehehehe

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parnassus? uhhhh yeahhhhh

BIah
BIah

Wait, you work at that hospital!?  I've driven by there dozens of times!  holy crap

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blah you drive right by me every single time you go through the city!!!!!

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so you basically drive right by me every time

BIah
BIah

@The Notorious VND actually we drive through the city every time we go from SoCal to NorCal.  We drive up the 280 until it splits off to the 1 (the route that has the A-Z street names), then head up through Golden Gate Park and get on the 101 to go across the Golden Gate Bridge.

and lol, they definitely wouldn't want to hear that.  

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and they probably wouldnt wanna hear that most everyone in the city considers Junipero Serra to be a cold blooded murderer. hehehehe

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not to judge your parents, but i bet the last thing they wanna do is drive into the city. hehe

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omg you were basically in the city! you shouldve taken the 280 all the way up! you were RIGHT THERE

MSTI OG
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probs wasnt me, but i do love wearing my scrubs. oh wait. you werent actually in the city. nevermind. hehe

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MSTI OG

mexican markers to be exact. we gotta be exact about this, dont want you poisoning yourself 

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

So, if I start eating markers I can go to medical school? Sweet.