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Top minor leaguers from Long Island
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.