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  1. Arsenal-wise, he sounds a lot like Masterson plus a few ticks. Masterson has been a perfectly serviceable starter since he got to Cleveland.

    Comment by Eric Cioe — August 17, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

  2. his name is domingo tapia. who cares what his stuff is like? that name is promotion worthy.

    in a perfect world hes traded to LA and we have the pleasure of vin scully pronouncing it.

    Comment by Sleight of Hand Pro — August 17, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  3. That delivery reminds me of the old black-and-white film of Walter Johnson! Let’s hope he’s just as successful.

    Comment by AV — August 17, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  4. You can’t “scout” if you’re not a scout. Maybe you “saw” him pitch, but you didn’t “scout” him. Grow some nuts and become an actual scout or front office person if you want to claim that you scout prospects.

    Comment by Kevin — August 17, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that.

    Comment by Aaron — August 17, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  6. I’ve been reading this site for years and have never commented. I decided to change that, Kevin, to say that you are a jerk-off.

    Comment by Sergio — August 17, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  7. Good one Kevin. You know I didn’t call what I did scouting until I actually began speaking to scouts. They respected my work and I began developing contacts. Those contacts considered what I did scouting so I began to refer to it as such.

    If you don’t consider what I do scouting, cool. I’m fine with that. Enough people out there do that I can find amusement in these types of comments.

    Comment by Mike Newman — August 17, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  8. Eric, keep in mind Masterson throws a slider 20% of the time.

    Comment by Mike Newman — August 17, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  9. I concur with Sergio. Hell, I don’t even read much of the prospect-related stuff on Fangraphs (I’m just not interested enough in prospects and minor league stuff), but to call Newman’s work anything less than scouting is stupid, and he’s really good at what he does.

    Comment by Chummy Z — August 17, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

  10. Sounds similar to Henderson Alvarez no? Both had mid 90s sinking FBs and good changeups…

    Comment by fjghk — August 17, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

  11. Sounds like fellow Mets farmhand Jeurys Familia. Huge body, huge moving fastballs, iffy off-speed, similar control/command issues whereas they really don’t need excellent command just good control.

    Comment by G — August 17, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

  12. My name is Domingo Tapia. You kill my breaking ball. Prepare to ground out.

    Comment by astrostl — August 18, 2012 @ 12:17 am

  13. Definition of scout: To observe (check) and evaluate (check). Sounds like Mike did indeed “scout” Tapia.

    Comment by cobradc23 — August 18, 2012 @ 1:55 am

  14. Me too…and because of Johnson’s arm slot, didn’t he also have difficulty developing a breaking pitch? I thought I recalled reading that….

    Comment by Stats newbie — August 18, 2012 @ 9:19 am

  15. Wow Mike, low armslot indeed! That’s just a couple degrees above true side-arm.

    Comment by Jeff Reese — August 18, 2012 @ 9:35 am

  16. not really. Familia has a very good breaking ball but his weak changeup might limit him to a bullpen role.

    Comment by Who? — August 18, 2012 @ 10:13 am

  17. I wouldn’t worry too much about the arm slot… see one Johnson, Randy.

    Comment by J W — August 18, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  18. I saw 3 Dominican-born Mets RHPs (Luis Mateo, Gabriel Ynoa, Hansel Robles) at the NYPL All-Star Game and was struck by how low their arm slots were collectively (there are YouTube videos of them as well). Now this Tapia video gets me thinking about whether the Mets are encouraging this sort of delivery (perhaps by preferring not to change their mechanics if they’re having success with it). I’m guessing a couple of those NYPL guys will be surfacing in the Sally League soon for you to scout.

    Comment by reillocity — August 18, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  19. Not that I disagree with Mike’s response to this ridiculous criticism but…

    So, doctors scout their patients?

    Comment by LTG — August 18, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  20. But Johnson figured out a slider that was devastating and it took him a while to do it. Plus he needed a lot of time to learn how to command his pitches. Nevertheless, I was wondering whether Johnson’s ability to eventually develop an effective slider presents a possible line of development for Tapia that does not require changing his arm slot. So, if we turn J W’s assertion of confidence into a question, I’d love to hear Mike’s opinion.

    Comment by LTG — August 18, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

  21. I’m critical of alot of FanGraphs authors (Especially Marc Hulet, who I do not care for at all).. but Mike Newman is without a doubt one of the best on here. He’s one of the few reasons left (besides looking up stats) I come to this site anymore.

    Comment by Rick — August 18, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  22. reillocity,

    Mets also have Luis Cessa and Rainy Lara at Brooklyn who have lots of potential. I would wager that they have the deepest pitching farm of any team in baseball. There are 4-5 guys at every level that are very interesting!

    Comment by Rick — August 18, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  23. Traditionally people think of breaking pitches as pitches that you need to snap off to get to work. Why not teach him something the only requires a finger adjustment? A knuckle curve should still work at that arm slot. You basically just lift your index finger and let your middle finger cause the circular spin that causes the break. The side arm trajectory might make it move more horizontally, but it’s something.

    Then again, I’m not a coach, scout, or physicist. Just something I was thinking about.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — August 19, 2012 @ 12:55 am

  24. So this is just conjecture: If he develops an average changeup, with what will likely be an above average sinker-4 seam combination, wouldn’t that be enough to be good-enough against lefties? I imagine his near side-arm delivery and fastball velocity will always be tough against righties.

    Comment by Visnovsky — August 19, 2012 @ 1:05 am

  25. Here is a video of Johnson

    Comment by Barkey Walker — August 19, 2012 @ 11:21 am

  26. Mike, his arm whip seems to trail his motion more than most adding to his movement but I think raising questions about long term soundness. Your thoughts?

    Comment by ttnorm — August 20, 2012 @ 11:49 am

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