Raimel Tapia
Raimel Tapia
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Colorado Rockies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
As he enters his age-25 season, a fair amount of the shine has worn off Tapia, largely because the Rockies are in no rush to give him playing time. Throw out his 2018 MLB sample (just 27 PA). In 105 games at Triple-A Albuquerque, Tapia hit over .300 with an 18.0% strikeout rate. He had a .194 ISO, which is an impressive mark for a slight, 180-pound player, and he didn't do all of that damage at Albuquerque's notoriously hitter-friendly home park, slugging over .500 on the road. Tapia showed good speed and instincts on the basepaths, swiping 21 bags in 24 attempts. The bat-to-ball consistency hasn't quite translated to the big leagues in his past stints, but his contacts skills are good enough for Tapia to hit .280 or higher while playing half his games at altitude in Colorado. Unfortunately, the Daniel Murphy signing pushes Ian Desmond to the outfield, so Tapia enters another season without a clear path to MLB playing time. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rockies in November of 2010 that includes a $175,000 signing bonus.
Scores twice, swipes bag
OFColorado Rockies
September 29, 2019
Tapia went 1-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-3 win over Milwaukee.
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Both of Tapia's runs came late in the game, including the game-tying run in the ninth to send it to extras. The 25-year-old finishes the 2019 campaign with nine homers and nine stolen bases with 54 runs scored to complement a .275 average and .724 OPS.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
16
5
1
14
21
13
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
2
4
7
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+122%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .664 159 19 4 15 1 .257 .289 .375
Since 2017vs Right .755 486 68 8 51 13 .281 .320 .436
2019vs Left .694 104 11 3 9 1 .277 .298 .396
2019vs Right .733 343 43 6 35 8 .274 .312 .422
2018vs Left .393 8 2 0 1 0 .143 .250 .143
2018vs Right .874 19 4 1 5 0 .222 .263 .611
2017vs Left .640 47 6 1 5 0 .227 .277 .364
2017vs Right .798 124 21 1 11 5 .310 .350 .448
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+84%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .885 303 51 7 38 6 .331 .371 .514
Since 2017Away .600 342 36 5 28 8 .226 .260 .339
2019Home .844 226 35 6 28 5 .316 .358 .486
2019Away .604 221 19 3 16 4 .234 .258 .346
2018Home .750 12 3 0 2 0 .250 .250 .500
2018Away .728 15 3 1 4 0 .154 .267 .462
2017Home 1.054 65 13 1 8 1 .400 .438 .617
2017Away .574 106 14 1 8 4 .220 .264 .310
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Stat Review
How does Raimel Tapia compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.21
 
BB Rate
4.7%
 
K Rate
22.4%
 
BABIP
.341
 
ISO
.141
 
AVG
.275
 
OBP
.309
 
SLG
.415
 
OPS
.724
 
wOBA
.317
 
Exit Velocity
87.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.1%
 
Barrels/PA
2.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Tapia spent nearly half the season with the Rockies in 2017, seeing most of his action as a backup outfielder with chances to start against right-handed pitching. No matter how you slice it, a combined four homers for a player playing half of his games in Colorado during his time in the big leagues, and all of his games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League at Triple-A is disappointing. Tapia possesses a good hit tool, but he rarely walks. Fortunately, he has shown an improved success rate as a basestealer over the past year, going 17-for-21 between the two levels after a 26-for-43 mark in 2016. Carlos Gonzalez will likely depart as a free agent this offseason, but the Colorado outfield remains crowded with Ian Desmond, Gerardo Parra and a presumably healthy David Dahl all available to compete for playing time flanking Charlie Blackmon. Still as reserves go, you could do much worse.
Tapia's fourth season in the minors proved to be one of his best campaigns. The top prospect got his first taste of Double-A action and took it in stride, slashing .323/.363/.450 in 104 games with Hartford. He also showed an impressive ability to make contact, as he only fanned a bit over 10 percent of the time. This success translated nicely into the Triple-A ranks, as he posted a .346/.355/.490 slash line that vaulted the 22-year-old into the majors for a September callup. Tapia's ability to make contact paired with his speed makes him an intriguing option going forward, as he'll likely be given a chance to strut his stuff at the big league level again at some point during the 2017 season. That being said, garnering a role could take some time, as David Dahl, Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez seemingly have the three outfield spots on lockdown for the time being.
There are few hitters in the minor leagues with Tapia’s combination of success and detractors. His impressive minor league statistics are just a small part of the story with this enigmatic outfield prospect. Tapia, who turns 22 in February, stands 6-foot-2, and unfortunately his listed weight of 160 pounds appears accurate. In addition to his slight frame, Tapia’s unusual batting stance -- his elbows threaten to get lower than his knees -- gives many scouts pause when projecting Tapia as a future big league regular. Those who like Tapia tend to really like him, particularly his ability to regularly square the ball up. He has hit over .300 and slugged over .450 at every stop over the last three years, and offers plus speed to boot. If his unique aesthetics works at the highest level, a la Hunter Pence or Jose Altuve, the offensive ceiling will be a mile high. If he fails, this will serve as a cautionary tale for those who scout the box score.
The Rockies aren’t short on intriguing outfield talent at any level of their system, but Tapia’s stock may have risen more than any of the organization’s prospects last season. After getting off to an inauspicious start with a .244 batting mark after April, Tapia set Low-A Asheville ablaze from thereon, finishing with a .326 average while swiping 33 bases. Despite his non-traditional batting mechanics, Tapia has drawn raves for his contact skills and management of the strike zone, while his speed tool and ability to play all three outfield spots are other attributes that will aid his climb to through the minors. The jury is still out on whether or not Tapia can hit for enough power to become an everyday corner outfielder, but at 6-foot-2 and a slight 160 pounds, there’s still plenty of room for him to add some bulk. The 21-year-old will spend most of the upcoming season at High-A Modesto, with an eye on arriving in the big leagues by late 2015 or 2016.
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Hits grand slam
OFColorado Rockies
September 27, 2019
Tapia launched a grand slam during his only at-bat in Friday's win over the Brewers.
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Records eighth stolen base
OFColorado Rockies
September 21, 2019
Tapia went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a run scored, a stolen base and a walk in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Dodgers.
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Notches steal in return
OFColorado Rockies
September 16, 2019
Tapia (knee) went 1-for-5 with a stolen base Sunday in the Rockies' 10-5 win over the Padres.
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Rejoins Sunday's lineup
OFColorado Rockies
September 15, 2019
Tapia (knee) is starting in left field and batting second Sunday against the Padres.
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Remains out of action
OFColorado Rockies
Knee
September 14, 2019
Tapia (knee) is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres.
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