The Gnats skipped hard-throwing RHP Domingo Tapia the last time through the team’s rotation. He is not hurt. The Mets simply wanted to limit the 20-year old’s innings at this point in the season. Gnats’ pitching coach Frank Viola described the move as “extremely precautionary.” Tapia is still throwing his bullpens, side sessions and going through his workout routine.
Tapia has not pitched in a game since May 29, in the Gnats’ 51st game of the year. At that point, he had had thrown 46 innings and was on pace for 126.1 innings in 2012. Tapia threw a total of 56 innings in 2011 in Kingsport and Brooklyn and 58.2 in 2010 in the DSL and GCL. While some increase is desirable, the Mets clearly were a little uncomfortable with a pace that more than doubled his innings pitched over the previous season.
Tapia is not scheduled to throw this weekend in Charleston as RHP Marcos Camarena will make a start in his place.
Tapia uses his 6’4″ frame to sling mid-90s sinkers out of a very low arm slot. He sits around 95 mph with the pitch and can touch 99. His changeup at 89-90 mph has sink sometimes, and while others can be a little flat. He acknowledges that he must improve his slider. In 101 AB, righthanders have hit .228/.297/.287 against him, while lefties have hit .293/.361/.373 in 75 AB.