23. Domingo Tapia, RHP
DOB: 12/16/1991 (Age: 21)
Fastball: 60/65+ Change-up: 50/60 Slider: 40/50 Control: 45/50 Makeup: 50/55
2013 was a weird year for Tapia, I’ll have to admit. After that burned hand incident that could only happen to a Mets prospect, he seemed like he had issues getting himself together. He started the year pretty hot, however, with five of his first seven starts lasting for at least six innings and he allowed no more than three earned runs in each. He finished the year with a 4.54 ERA in 103.0 innings.
I’ve always liked Tapia’s fastball because it’s electric — it touches the high nineties and I think it might be one of the best if not the best in the system. His change-up is actually pretty solid, and even though it clocks in at the high eighties, it’s a nice difference off his heater. His slider, as always, will define his level of success down the line.
Outlook: I’d like to think that Tapia’s 2013 season gets a mulligan, right? He is a lot better than the stats show, and most people would agree. I think he’s going to be given another year to try and start, so we’ll see what happens after that.
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