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.
Drives in three runs
OFColorado Rockies
April 24, 2019
Tapia went 2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a walk in Wednesday's 9-5 win over the Nationals.
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Tapia was unable to extend his home run streak to four games but still provided plenty of offense for the Rockies. The 25-year-old is slashing .281/.328/.596 with three home runs -- already a career high -- through 57 at-bats.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
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#5
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#9
2
2
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+122%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .686 70 9 2 10 0 .231 .286 .400
Since 2017vs Right .832 189 28 4 22 5 .294 .335 .497
2019vs Left .976 15 1 1 4 0 .286 .333 .643
2019vs Right .907 46 3 2 6 0 .279 .326 .581
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
 
 
+73%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+75%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+84%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home 1.046 112 20 4 17 1 .359 .405 .641
Since 2017Away .604 147 17 2 15 4 .216 .259 .345
2019Home 1.142 35 4 3 7 0 .323 .400 .742
2019Away .654 26 0 0 3 0 .231 .231 .423
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.
BB/K
0.22
 
BB Rate
6.6%
 
K Rate
29.5%
 
BABIP
.361
 
ISO
.316
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.328
 
SLG
.596
 
OPS
.924
 
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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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Goes yard again
OFColorado Rockies
April 23, 2019
Tapia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.
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Draws start
OFColorado Rockies
April 16, 2019
Tapia is in the lineup, hitting sixth and playing left field for Tuesday's game against the Padres, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Sits for second straight
OFColorado Rockies
April 13, 2019
Tapia is not in the lineup Saturday against San Francisco, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Heads to bench
OFColorado Rockies
April 12, 2019
Tapia isn't in Friday's starting lineup against the Giants.
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Starting Monday
OFColorado Rockies
April 8, 2019
Tapia is in the lineup, manning left field and hitting second for Colorado's tilt against the Braves on Monday.
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