Dominguez sent down, Raynor released
The Marlins’ top-ranked prospect, third baseman Matt Dominguez, will open the season with the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Dominguez was sent to minor league camp on Thursday, after hitting .190 (8-for-42) in the Grapefruit League. Known as an excellent defensive third baseman, Dominguez was given a chance to skip Triple-A and earn Florida’s starting job in the spring if his bat was up to par. He will instead open the year in New Orleans, with Emilio Bonifacio and Donnie Murphy expected to log most of the playing time at third base in the majors.
In other moves, outfielder John Raynor, who was sent down earlier in the week, asked for, and was granted, his release from the Marlins organization. Raynor spent all of 2009 with the Zephyrs, leading the club in at-bats, hits, runs and stolen bases. Following the season, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Rule V Draft, but played sparingly in the first month of the 2010 season and was returned to the Marlins. He injured his hamstring shortly after rejoining the Zephyrs, and missed much of last season.
The Zephyrs roster added four more players on Thursday, as pitcher Frank Mata, outfielder Josh Kroeger and infielders Joe Thurston and Ruben Gotay were assigned to minor league camp.