Christopher Omar Dominguez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 240 lb.
- School University of Louisville
- High School Gulliver Prep
- Debut September 3, 2014
- Final Game June 27, 2015
- Born November 22, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA USA
Chris Dominguez made his major league debut in 2014.
Dominguez played for the US Youth national team in the COPABE Qualifying Tournament in 2002. He would hit .400 as a high school senior and was All-State as a junior and senior. Baseball America rated him the #11 prospect exiting high school in 2005. Due to a strong college commitment, he fell to the 17th round of the 2005 amateur draft when the Texas Rangers chose him. Dominguez only played three games in 2006 before a broken forearm ended his season. He returned for summer ball in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. he hit 11 homers, more than four of the league's 11 other teams, and was rated the #4 prospect in the circuit by Baseball America, right behind Curt Smith.
As a redshirt freshman in 2007, Chris batted .262/.322/.520 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. He was fourth in the Big East Conference in homers and total bases. In the 2007 College World Series, he hit three home runs. He also pitched but did not do as well there at 0-1, 9.64. His line that summer for the Harwich Mariners was .216/.269/.371 with 38 strikeouts in 97 AB in the Cape Cod League.
In 2008, Dominguez improved to .365/.427/.687 with 21 homers, 68 runs and 75 RBI. He tied for 13th in NCAA Division I in home runs and tied for 16th in total bases. He tied Mike Spina for the Big East lead in home runs. Chris was named All-Big East at third base and split Player of the Year honors with Josh Harrison. Baseball America named him a third-team All-American at third base behind Brett Wallace and Conor Gillaspie. That summer, Dominguez hit .262/.307/.518 with 10 homers for the Hyannis Mets. He drove in 31 runs in 42 games. He tied the Cape Cod League record with three homers in a game. He led the elite circuit in homers and extra-base hits (22) and was third in RBI and slugging. He made the All-League team. The Colorado Rockies chose Chris in the fifth round of the 2008 amateur draft but he returned to college for a fourth season.
As a redshirt junior in 2009, the Los Angeles native hit .345/.441/.698 with 25 homers, 80 runs, 82 RBI and 19 steals. Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball named him the All-American third baseman while the American Baseball Coaches Association opted for Marc Krauss of Ohio. Dominguez tied for 5th in NCAA Division I in circuit clouts, three behind co-leaders Bryce Brentz and Kent Matthes. He also tied for 7th in RBI, was 9th in runs and 7th in total bases. He led the Big East in homers and was named its Player of the Year and All-Conference third baseman. He joined Steve Stanley as the only two-time Big East Player of the Year.
The San Francisco Giants chose Dominguez in the third round of the 2009 amateur draft. The 86th pick of the draft, he was signed by scout Kevin Christman for a bonus of $411,300. He was the first college player chosen by the Giants in that draft.
Dominguez made his pro debut with the AZL Giants (.306/.375/.528 in 9 G) and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (.254/.298/.442, 9 HR, 32 RBI in 47 G). Baseball America rated him as the #13 prospect in the Northwest League but only 6th among third basemen in a 8-team league.
The Louisville alumnus opened 2010 with the Augusta GreenJackets and was at .272/.316/.448 with 13 homers after 85 games.