What happened in 2014: Went to Australia, struggled in limited time, stayed in Triple-A most of the season.
As a once-promising relief prospect, Jose Dominguez has struggled to stay healthy in his first two MLB seasons, which essentially took him out of the Dodgers’ long-term plans.
First, one of his better spring outings — one I saw in person.
He made the trip to Australia and appeared in the second game. He allowed three runs in one-third of an inning and walked two hitters. It was a hellish outing. His best outing of the season came against the Giants on April 4, when he threw two innings with three strikeouts.
Dominguez would throw four more MLB innings for the Dodgers before being jettisoned to Triple-A. He showed off his usual electric stuff (upper-90s fastball, hard slider and changeup), but only managed 33 1/3 innings due to shoulder inflammation. He missed more than a month (July 26 to Sept. 1), before pitching two games at the ned of the season for the Isotopes.
The biggest impact he’ll make for the Dodgers in his career came on Nov. 20, when he was sent to the Rays with Greg Harris for Joel Peralta and Adam Liberatore. He’s only 24, so he has plenty of time to reach his potential as a late-inning reliever who misses a ton of bats.
2015 status: The Rays have a full bullpen, but Dominguez could pitch his way onto the squad. If not, he has one option remaining and he could hone his control/command at Triple-A Durham.