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3B Matt Dominguez, Houston Astros
Eaton picking up pace
The lumber is catching up to his long-lauded leather: He's hit five homers in August while hitting .270 and gradually working his way up the order. He sat in the cleanup spot on Wednesday, his 24th birthday. Feels like he's older, but the haters (raises hand, guilty) surrounding his offense in recent years forgot he was in early stages of plate development.
Dominguez doesn't take enough walks to promise much more than that as a BA ceiling, and he's likelier, given all the pop-ups he's been prone to hitting, to hover closer to, say, .240. But he's showing more lift as he enters his formative skill years, and while he isn't approaching the widely celebrated benchmark of 1,500 plate appearances, he's compiled enough reps that he finally may be feeling more comfortable at the dish. He hits in a favorable park, too, especially for righty rocketeers.
If you expect a handful of fence-clearing shots at minimum the rest of the way while expecting tepid success elsewhere, you won't be disappointed. That'll do for many deep mixers.
OF Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks
If you missed out on Bonifacio, this two-hole batter offers some of the statistical elements you desire. See Eaton's .306 clip in August, along with 17 plate crossings. Plus, after the D-backs designated Jason Kubel for assignment and with Cody Ross (leg) dunzo, Eaton's everyday role looks secure.
He boasts the wheels to steal 25 bags consistently over a full season, so despite his slow output (he stole his first two bags of the year with one each on Sunday and Monday), his potential energy could soon turn kinetic. Eaton makes use of his talents by frequently putting the ball on the dirt or turf, as well.
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