With a penchant for driving in runs, Matt Dominguez has moved up to sixth in the Houston batting order.
Known for his fielding prowess at third base, the 23-year-old Dominguez has emerged this season as one of the Astros’ top hitters. Dominguez leads the Astros in RBIs with 44, four more than Chris Carter.
“He’s done a good job of hitting with men in scoring position,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “You look at the fact that he leads the teams in RBIs and in the last three or four games, has anyone hit more hard balls than (Matt.).”
Dominguez comes into Monday’s game against Tampa Bay hitting only .230, but his hits have been productive. Dominguez has 11 home runs, all in his last 45 games.
“Batting average is over rated,” said Porter. “I look at the quality of their at-bat, how hard you hit the ball where the ball is pitched.
“He’s done that all year. He’s been one of our better guys with men in scoring positions so it made sense to make that move right now.”
Monday is the third time Dominguez has batted sixth this season. He’s batted seventh in the order 18 times and batted eighth in the order 57 times. He also batted ninth for one game.
Dominguez has 37 RBIs out of the eighth spot, which is the most among all MLB players. Pete Kozma of St. Louis is second with 23 RBIs.