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Tapia Sliding Up

Tapia has really developed his breaking ball

ST. LUCIE, FL – After a one year stint with the Savannah Sand Gnats, Domingo Tapia came to St. Lucie with an ERA just shy of 4.00 and a slider that needed some work. Today, a year later, the 6-foot-4 pitching prospect from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is reaping the fruits of his labor with a team-best ERA for pitchers with 30+ innings and a refined breaking ball.

Although Mets manager Ryan Ellis only saw Tapia for a few innings in the spring, the things he heard about him proved to be right on target early on. "It's the first time I've really seen him pitch," Ellis said. "You know, I've heard a lot about [him] but with my own eyes I've been very impressed with the way he's composed himself. "Also when I heard about his breaking ball, his breaking...

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