Baseball America is back with their South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects list, slotting RHP Michael Fulmer at #13 and RHP Domingo Tapia at #18.
Obviously, no RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Jacob deGrom or 3B Aderlin Rodriguez. Montero, I suspect will be on the Florida State League list, but I confess I am still fuzzy on BA’s eligibility requirements by league.
“He improved in every phase of the game this year,” Savannah manager Luis Rojas said. “His command got better, his secondary pitches got better and his sequences got better. He’s a smart kid with tools.”
Fulmer sit 93-95 and can touch 96 or 97 on a given night. His slider got much better, and he’s just 19. He’s definitely among the Mets’ better prospects.
Tapia had as much pure arm strength as anyone in the league. He repeatedly throws his fastball at 95-98 mph, working both sides of the plate and occasionally featuring good sink. Tapia worked diligently to improve the quality of his curveball and changeup, having more success with the latter.
I saw a lot of Tapia. By the second half of the season, he had almost stopped throwing his cuveball/slider in games. However, he had introduced a four-seamer to get in on lefties and stay away from righties. It too was nasty. I’m not sure four-seam and sinking two-seamer and changeup with sink (at 88-91) are enough to start. However, there were scouts who thought that his fastaball changeup combo were nearly enough to pitch in a big league bullpen almost immediately.