Through six innings tonight, Domingo Tapia had allowed one unearned run on two hits without walking a batter and against six strikeouts. After getting two groundballs to start the seventh, he gave up a walk and two singles to load 'em up before departing the game up against his pitch count. All three runners he bequeathed to RHP Cody Satterwhite, making his Mets' organizational debut, scored.
As he always does when he's on, Tapia induced a bunch of groundballs, in this case, eight.
Satterwhite, was untouchable for independent Sioux City in the American Association this year fanning 31 against seven walks while allowing 14 hits in 27.2 innings for a 0.65 ERA. A former 2nd round pick, Satterwhite, 26-years-old, reached AA with the Tigers in 2009 and then missed all of 2010 with labrum surgery. In February, 2011, David Tokarz of the Tigers' blog Bless You Boys wrote about Satterwhite:
Satterwhite had a good fastball that sat in the mid 90's and touched 98 with brutal sink, and he also threw a pretty good slider. He had issues with control, and the shoulder injury certainly isn't helping him fix that. He's a grade C due to his high draft status in 2008 and his pre-surgery stuff, and could certainly come back to produce at a high level. But don't bet on it.By February of 2012, he was "mid to high 80s," per John Verburg of Motor City Bengals.
LF Dustin Lawley (.262/.313/.529 - 83 gms) was 1-for-3 with a homer, his 18th of the year. He's 24 and a corner outfielder in a-ball. No, he's not a Top 41 guy.
Every Gnats' starter had a hit, but the real story was Gabriel Ynoa who was perfect through three and in command all night. His line: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. One difference between his night and Tapia's? When Ynoa left the bases loaded for Estarlin Morel, Morel needed one pitch to induce a comebacker to end the threat. Ynoa really has made progress with his slider. He threw the pitch more than I can ever remember on Tuesday night and was getting both swings and misses and weak contact and of course some hard contact on hangers. I said on air that I thought he was throwing the slider more than was strictly optimal for getting guys out - that it is, it was a developmental priority, in a good way.
Ynoa's strikeout rate of 20.8% is just fine for a guy still learning his slider, but it looks lower on a per-inning basis (7.46 k/9) because he does not walk batters 3.2% walk rate.