Righthander Domingo Tapia married mid-90s velocity, premium sink and above-average control (2.9 walks per nine innings) last season in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. He made 11 starts for the Kingsport Mets, going 5-5, 3.78 with 30 strikeouts in 50 innings.
Promoted to low Class A Savannah this season, the 20-year-old Tapia has maintained his feel for the strike zone—with only one walk through two starts—but his dominance has ticked up early this season. He tossed seven shutout innings, striking out eight and allowing three hits against Augusta on Saturday, and according to MLB Advanced Media game logs, Tapia induced 13 groundball outs and none in the air.
Through two starts, Tapia has allowed three runs on seven hits through 12 innings, while brandishing an 11-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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