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Ranking the top minor leaguers from Long Island

Steven Matz during pitching drills at spring training

Steven Matz during pitching drills at spring training baseball practicein Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

1. STEVEN MATZ, LHP (Ward Melville, ’09) – Binghamton Mets (Mets Double-A): 2.64 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 66 K, 23 BB

Matz had a rough Double-A debut, allowing five earned runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings.
 
2. NICK TROPEANO, RHP (SBU, ’11) – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros Triple-A): 2.28 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 72 K, 22 BB

Tropeano has a 1.95 ERA in his last 10 starts.
 
3. SEAN NOLIN, LHP, (Seaford, ’08) – Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays Triple-A): 3.70 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 42 K, 24 BB

Nolin is on the seven-day disabled list. He walked 12 and struck out 11 in his last four starts.
 
4. CAM MARON, C (Hicksville, ’09) – St. Lucie Mets (Mets Single-A advanced): .294 average, .389 OBP, .407 slugging, 3 HR

Maron is 14-for-38 (.368) in his last 10 games.
 
5. KEITH COUCH, RHP (Adelphi, ’10) – Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox Double-A): 3.16 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 55 K, 15 BB

Couch had allowed 13 earned runs in a nine start run before a seven-run blowup on June 16.
 
6. KYLE HANSEN, RHP (St. Dominic, ’09) – Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox Single-A Advanced): 4.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 37 K, 14 BB

Hansen has held opponents scoreless in three of his last four outings.

7. PAT CANTWELL, C (SBU ’12) – Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A Rangers): .244 average, .307 OBP, .289 slugging, 1 HR

Cantwell is 13-for-40 (.325) in his last 10 games.
 
8. BRYAN VERBITSKY, RHP (Hofstra, ’13) – Eugene Emeralds (Class-A Short Season Padres): 6.20 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 23 K, 13 BB

In nine innings with Eugene, Verbitsky’s allowed two hits and struck out 13.

9. JOSEPH PALUMBO, LHP (SJB, ’13) – AZL Rangers (Class Rookie Rangers): 2.00 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 6 K, 2 BB
The 19-year-old has allowed six hits in nine innings during his first two starts.
 
10. KEVIN KRAUSE, C, (SBU, ’14) – Jamestown Jammers (Class A Short Season Pirates): .241 average, .353 OBP, .655 slugging, 3 HR

In his first seven pro games, Krause has five extra-base hits in 29 at-bats.

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