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Top minor leaguers from Long Island

Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award

Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award winner from Patchogue-Medford High School, throws from an indoor mound in Bellport. He is expected to be selected in the first two rounds in the 2012 MLB Draft. (May 27, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

MARCUS STROMAN, Patchogue-Medford

RHP | New Hampshire (Blue Jays, AA)

4-1, 3.25 ERA, 37 K, 11 BB in eight starts

Has succeeded since Jays moved him out of the bullpen and into the rotation.


STEVEN MATZ, Ward Melville

LHP | Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets, Class A)

2-3, 2.57 ERA, 65 K, 19 BB in 12 starts

A big-time arm.


SEAN NOLIN, Seaford

LHP | New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Jays, AA)

4-2, 3.00 ERA, 47 K, 10 BB in nine starts

Has allowed just two home runs.


NICK TROPEANO, West Islip

RHP | Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros, AA)

2-6, 4.40 ERA, 67 K, 22 BB in 18 games (10 starts), 5 saves

Has succeeded while bouncing between starting and relief.


WILLIE CARMONA, Hempstead

1B | Lakewood Blue Claws (Phillies, Class A)

.303 avg., .348 OBP, .420 SLG. 3 HR, 31 RBIs

Is succeeding in his second stint in Single-A.


JON MINCONE, Half Hollow Hills East

LHP | Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets, Class A)

1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 K, 0 BB, 2 saves in 3 games

Has been lights-out as a closer.


MIKE BELFIORE, Commack

LHP | Norfolk Tides (Orioles, AAA)

1-0, 4.25 ERA, 47 K, 17 BB in 22 games

Has swing-and-miss stuff, but when hitters make contact, they get hits (50 in 42 1/3 IP).


KEITH COUCH, Elmont, Holy Trinity H.S., Adelphi

RHP | Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox, AA)

5-2, 4.17 ERA, 53 K, 21 BB in 17 games (three starts)

Walk rate has risen each of the past three seasons but posts solid strikeout rates.


ROB WHITENACK, Plainedge

RHP | Akron Aeros (Indians, A)

0-4, 9.62 ERA, 13 K, 20 BB in seven games (five starts)

Success in Single-A didn’t translate to a brief Double-A stint where he gave up 18 earned runs in six innings.


DAN BURAWA, Rocky Point

RHP | Trenton Thunder (Yankees, AA)

1-2, 4.11 ERA, 38 K, 28 BB, 1 save in 24 games

Walk rate has skyrocketed from 2.1 per nine to 7.5 per nine in Double-A.

Tags: Minor leagues , Marcus Stroman , Steven Matz , Rob Whitenack , Dan Burawa , Keith Couch , Mike Belfiore , Willie Carmona , Jon Mincone , Sean Nolin , Nick Tropeano

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