PITTSBURGH -- Matt Dominguez, one of two players the Astros acquired from the Marlins in the Carlos Lee trade on Wednesday, arrived at PNC Park and was in the lineup against the Pirates on Thursday, starting at third base.
"It's kind of exciting and nerve-wracking and a feeling I've never had before," Dominguez said of the trade. "It was definitely a new experience, and it's nice to get here and meet some of the guys and go out there and play again."
Dominguez, 22, isn't the youngest player on the team, but he certainly looks the youngest.
"He's 22 and he looks 15, but he's a great kid," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "We're looking forward to seeing him at this level and go from there."
Dominguez has played the entire season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he hit .234 with 14 doubles, seven homers and 46 RBIs in 78 games. The Zephyrs were playing the Astros' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City when the trade went down, and Mills called RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco to get a scouting report.
"I had a long talk with Tony today and got his thoughts," he said. "He thinks he's got something special with the bat and, at 22, could come around and be a real good hitter, and that's what our scouts said, too."