Where’s the hype?
Domingo Tapia, SP: Like always, some of you minor league savvy readers may be familiar with Domingo Tapia. Tapia is a guy most people pegged as the Mets sleeper prospect of the year. Keith Law ranked Tapia 7th on his Mets top prospects list and had this to say:
“Right-hander Domingo Tapia is 6-foot-5 and hits triple digits as a starter with some sink on the pitch. He pairs it with a solid to above-average changeup that produced a reverse split in his 50 innings in Kingsport last year. He’ll need a more consistent breaking ball to project as a top-end starter, but the velocity and changeup are a good start.”
Paul Depodesta, Mets’ VP of Player Development, when asked who fans should keep their eyes on this season answered:
“Domingo Tapia and Rafael Montero. Both guys have a chance to emerge as our next group of top tier potential ML starting pitchers. They both have power stuff (Tapia routinely touched 100 mph last summer), and both pound the strike zone.”