Sunday in A-Ball: Domingo Tapia Dominant – Curveball Improving?

A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 1, Daytona Cubs 0 

Tapia DeliveryDomingo Tapia: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. In 32.1 innings this year, the big 21-year-old has allowed just 20 hits, while walking 13 and fanning 28.

St. Lucie manager Ryan Ellis told MiLB.com that Tapia’s breaking ball, which was formerly sliderish has improved and mutated:

“It’s more of a curveball and it’s come along nicely. He’s starting to trust it a lot more. Even when he’s behind in the count, he’s comfortable enough to mix it in. He’s found control enough with it where he feels comfortable throwing it.”

I’d be pleasantly surprised if Tapia can throw a true curve from his low release. Any breaking ball progress to complement his power sinker and hard changeup is a good thing though.

Frank Francisco threw a scoreless inning of relief behind Tapia and fanned two.

 

A: Savannah Sand Gnats @ Hickory Crawdads – ppd by Rain

They’ll play two today.