Domingo Tapia   Pitcher

       
 
Born: August 4, 1991
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR
Height: 6-3
Weight: 260
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: Minor league free agent (Nov. 2018)
   
   

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Pronunciation: TAP-ee-uh
First Pro Contract: December 16, 2009 (NYM)
Signing Scouts: Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz, Camilo Pina, & Sandy Rosario
Signing Bonus: $73,000
   
Pro Debut: May 29, 2010 (DSL Mets)
MLB Debut: September 11, 2020 (BOS)
   

Claimed off waivers by Seattle (Oct. 2020)
 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Tall, large-framed right-hander with a filled-out lower half. No remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot, starting on the first base side. Crouches before coming set. Effort in his delivery. Long arm action. Quick arm. Gets good power from his lower half, but could stand to incorporate it more efficiently. Head whack and falls off hard to the first base side.

Fastball: 97-99 mph. Tops out at 100 mph. Fastball has life and is usually on the straight side. Will mix in a two-seam fastball in the mid-90s with some run and heavy sink. Has shown bat-missing ability on occasion, but consistently below-average command and control of the pitch has held him back. When he hits his spots, pitch is tough to hit. Potential plus offering with refined command and control.

Changeup: 89-91 mph. Pitch has some sinking action, but is on the firm side. Lacks movement for the most part. Inconsistent feel. Pitch has improved some, but still projects as a below-average offering.
  Slider: New pitch to his arsenal. Pitch shows depth and late, vertical break, but is inconsistent. Does not consistently snap off, but on occasion will snap off a good one with nice shape. Potential fringe-average offering, but given that it is relatively new, could improve as he uses it more.

Career
Notes: Signed by the Mets at the age of 18. Used as a starter early on in his career, had Tommy John surgery in May 2015 and returned as a reliever. Signed with the Reds in November 2016; received an invitation to MLB Spring Training with Cincinnati in 2018. Received an invitation to MLB Spring Training with the Red Sox in 2020. Impressed at the Alternate Training Site in 2020 and earned his first MLB call-up in September.

Summation: Projects as an emergency up-and-down reliever due to his inconsistent secondary offerings and command-and-control issues. Ceiling of a middle reliever if he can find a bat-missing secondary pitch. Has the type of fastball that stands out, and will be given every chance to figure it out. Secondary offerings have improved some, but are still inconsistent.
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2010 DSL Mets DSL Rk NYM 18 0 1 3.09 3 3 0 11.2 8 4 4 0 4 5 5 1.11 4.02 4.02
  2010 GCL Mets GCL Rk NYM 18 4 3 3.45 10 10 0 47.0 49 25 18 0 8 10 29 1.26 5.55 1.91
  2010 Dominican Mets Dsl Rk NYM 18 0 1 3.09 3 3 0 11.2 8 4 4 0 4 5 5 1.11 3.86 3.86
  2011 Kingsport Mets App Rk NYM 19 5 5 3.78 11 11 0 50.0 50 28 21 3 1 16 30 1.32 5.40 2.88
  2011 Brooklyn Cyclones NYPL A- NYM 19 1 0 0.00 1 1 0 6.0 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.83 9.00 0.00
  2012 Savannah Sand Gnats SAL A NYM 20 6 5 3.98 20 19 0 108.2 92 55 48 2 8 32 101 1.14 8.37 2.65
  2013 St. Lucie Mets FSL A+ NYM 21 3 9 4.62 23 22 0 101.1 87 60 52 3 5 63 89 1.48 7.90 5.60
  2014 St. Lucie Mets FSL A+ NYM 22 6 8 3.96 21 21 0 109.0 104 53 48 5 1 51 56 1.42 4.62 4.21
  2015 Binghamton Mets East AA NYM 23 0 1 43.20 3 0 0 1.2 5 9 8 0 0 8 0 7.80 0.00 43.20
  2016 St. Lucie Mets FSL A+ NYM 24 0 2 3.54 19 0 0 28.0 35 15 11 2 0 13 24 1.71 7.71 4.18
  2016 Binghamton Mets East AA NYM 24 0 0 3.86 1 0 0 2.1 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 1.29 3.86 3.86
  2017 Pensacola Blue Wahoos Sou AA Cin 25 4 6 4.03 35 9 1 82.2 93 37 37 8 4 25 81 1.43 8.82 2.72
  2017 Louisville Bats IL AAA Cin 25 0 1 4.76 3 1 0 5.2 9 4 3 1 1 1 4 1.76 6.35 1.59
  2018 Pensacola Blue Wahoos Sou AA Cin 26 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 2.0 3 2 2 0 0 3 0 3.00 0.00 13.50
  2018 Louisville Bats IL AAA Cin 26 4 5 3.43 47 4 1 63.0 56 29 24 4 2 26 45 1.30 6.43 3.71
  2019 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 27 5 4 5.18 44 1 2 66.0 74 47 38 8 5 32 52 1.61 7.09 4.36
  2020 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 28 0 0 2.08 5 0 0 4.1 4 1 1 1 0 2 4 1.38 8.31 4.15
   
     
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