NICK DOMBKOWSKI, LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 9, 1998
How Acquired: Non-drafted free agent, 2021
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Dombkowski pitched for four years as a starter at Hartford. He still had a year of eligibility left and was planning to go to Texas A&M, but signed with the Pirates instead. Baseball America rated him 405th among draft prospects in 2020, but in a five-round draft he went unselected. At the time, BA characterized him as an overachiever. He threw an upper-80s fastball and an average change, but utilized them well enough to miss bats with both. He also threw a slider that wasn’t as useful. Dombkowski got consistently good results at Hartford, with a career ERA of 3.47 and WHIP of 1.17. In 2021, those figures were 3.13 and 1.14, with 27 walks and 72 strikeouts in 67.1 IP. Dombkowski also has a history of pitching very well in summer ball, particularly in the Cape Cod League.
The Pirates sent Dombkowski to Bradenton in early August. He pitched well in relief, missing bats and holding opponents to a .178 average. The ERA is misleading; six of the eight earned runs he allowed came in one of his 11 outings.
Dombkowski moved up through three levels. He pitched only four times at Bradenton and ten at Greensboro, as he had little trouble at either level. Altoona was more of a challenge, but his numbers were still good there, including the walk and K rates. A meltdown in his last outing, when he gave up five earned runs and recorded only one out, inflated the AA numbers. Left-handed batters managed only a .591 OPS against him, while right-handed batters didn’t do all that well, at .672.
Dombkowski could be interesting to follow. He should reach Indianapolis in 2023, possibly to start the season.
|2023: Minor league salary
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2024
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 16, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a non-drafted free agent.|