Wednesday, June 24, 2009

3rd round pick Dominguez signs...

Announced today was the signing of 3rd round pick Chris Dominguez out of the University of Louisville. Dominguez, having played college ball for a few years, should be able to advance quickly through the minors. Signing this early allows him to head straight to rookie ball and get an extra half season in the system.

Dominguez is an interesting player. Researching his playing ability has me intrigued & terrified. Here are the baseline stats from his three seasons in college:
2007 .262 66-65 271 47 71 19 3 15 61 16 88 9-12
2008 .365 62-62 249 68 91 13 2 21 75 23 47 11-15
2009 .345 64-64 258 80 89 12 2 25 82 32 55 19-25

Word on him says his defense is marginal, possibly will require a change of positions, maybe first. OK, I can handle that. Villalona has had to do that... So has Sandoval... hmmm...

His upside is his power. People talk about his power like it's unique; like no one in the history of the game has had his "light tower power". (my friend told me that his cousin told him that a girl he dated knew this guy that said his roommate saw Dominguez hit a ball 838 feet last year.) Great power is something the Giants can kind of use.

The downside is his apparent complete inability to hit the curve ball. Straight ball he hits very much. Curve ball, his bats are afraid.

He is a unique find indeed, but not without equal. I remember one such ball player that had the same symptoms Dominguez does when he first hit the field...

Pedro Cerrano came up with the Indians in 1989 and helped them win their division for the first time in yeeeears. It was a struggle at first however as he could only hit the straight ball. At one point he said
"Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come."
Cerrano suffered through a miserable season of K after K as he continually turned to his trusty lucky charm, JoBu.

After offering JoBu everything from Rum to Cigars to KFC without any change, Cerrano told JoBu "Fuck You" & he did it himself.
Now, it's not to say Chris Dominguez has his own JoBu, but he might. Considering he apparently cannot hit the curve ball, Dominguez and the Giants are sure to work hard to tell his own version of JoBu to "Fuck Off".
Here's to a speedy fix cause the Giants need this guy to develop!


Tex said...

That was F'n hilarious and it totally snuck up on me.

Well played sir.

Jim Ellis said...