Like just about everyone else that’s seen Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez play, Ron Swoboda loves the soft hands and outstanding defense. Swoboda was a Met and Yankee for all but a fraction of his nine-year major league career and is now a broadcaster for the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, where Dominguez likely will begin the 2012 season.
To excel at the next level, Swoboda says Dominguez needs a major offensive adjustment.
“I really think he has to fix his hitting stroke,” said Swoboda, before Saturday’s Joe DiMaggio Legends Game. “He’s got to fix it to make it shorter and quicker to the ball. He kind of pushes the bat through the zone and he’s long to the ball. He’s a smart kid. He’s got an absolutely optimum attitude. The guy can play that position, but you have to hit a little bit there and you have to hit with some power or you can’t play there.”
Dominguez, who doesn’t turn 23 until August, got a late start last season after fracturing his elbow during a Triple-A