Raimel Tapia

Raimel Tapia

27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Colorado Rockies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Tapia's production in 2019 left something to be desired, but he significantly improved in several areas during the abbreviated 2020 season. His turnaround could be attributed to his vast improvement in plate discipline. He had an abysmal 45.5 O-Swing% in 2019, but that number dropped to 32.3% last year. In turn, he posted an 89.9 Z-Contact%, up from 81.2% the year before while also recording a career-best 8.9% swinging-strike rate. The changes to his approach led to a career-best 18.4 K% and .392 BABIP, and he also took walks at a 6.8% clip. Tapia also showcased his speed more, stealing eight bases over 50 games after stealing just nine over 138 games in 2019. Despite his stellar averages, his power numbers were less than ideal, as he had just one home run and .082 ISO. Tapia made a strong case to be a full-time starter in 2021 and could provide mid-round fantasy value with his new approach at the plate. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#236
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$Signed a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Rockies in January of 2021.
Sitting against left-hander
OFColorado Rockies
September 28, 2021
Tapia is not starting Tuesday against the Nationals.
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Tapia drew starts in five of the previous six games, but he'll move back to the bench Tuesday with Washington sending southpaw Patrick Corbin to the mound. Sam Hilliard, Garrett Hampson and Yonathan Daza will man the outfield from left to right.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
81
6
3
3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
18
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .712 298 34 3 27 6 .300 .327 .385
Since 2019vs Right .709 862 109 13 80 29 .268 .322 .388
2021vs Left .667 138 17 0 10 4 .292 .321 .346
2021vs Right .710 395 52 6 40 16 .266 .329 .381
2020vs Left .854 56 6 0 8 1 .365 .393 .462
2020vs Right .634 124 14 1 5 5 .255 .325 .309
2019vs Left .694 104 11 3 9 1 .277 .298 .396
2019vs Right .733 343 43 6 35 8 .274 .312 .422
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .821 607 97 12 75 17 .310 .360 .461
Since 2019Away .618 577 52 4 36 20 .253 .293 .325
2021Home .796 284 47 6 39 9 .292 .345 .451
2021Away .589 249 22 0 11 11 .252 .306 .283
2020Home .836 97 15 0 8 3 .349 .406 .430
2020Away .714 107 11 1 9 5 .296 .336 .378
2019Home .844 226 35 6 28 5 .316 .358 .486
2019Away .604 221 19 3 16 4 .234 .258 .346
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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
0.57
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
13.1%
 
BABIP
.306
 
ISO
.099
 
AVG
.273
 
OBP
.327
 
SLG
.372
 
OPS
.699
 
wOBA
.309
 
Exit Velocity
80.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.6%
 
Barrels/PA
1.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Tapia saw an uptick in playing time due to his defensive versatility and injuries to other Rockies outfielders, but he failed to make much of his opportunities. His offensive production was especially disappointing considering that he gets to play his home games in Coors Field. Although he recorded a .275 batting average, he had a 14.6% swinging-strike rate and a 44.7 O-Swing% that would have ranked sixth worst among major-league hitters if he had qualified. Tapia failed to record many meaningful hits, with a hard-hit rate of 30.1% and only 44 RBI in 138 games. Barring injuries to Colorado's outfielders in spring training, it's likely that Tapia will open the year back in a reserve role, slated for a downtick in playing time. He is out of minor-league options, and if he gets off to a slow start in his fourth-outfielder role, the team could DFA him and swap him out for someone like Yonathan Daza.
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.
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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Playing time picking up
OFColorado Rockies
September 27, 2021
Tapia will start in left field and bat leadoff Monday against the Angels.
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Ends homer drought
OFColorado Rockies
September 23, 2021
Tapia went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Dodgers.
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Sitting again Sunday
OFColorado Rockies
September 19, 2021
Tapia is on the bench for Sunday's game against the Nationals.
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Losing playing time
OFColorado Rockies
September 18, 2021
Tapia is not in Saturday's starting lineup against Washington.
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Remains on bench
OFColorado Rockies
September 17, 2021
Tapia is not in the starting lineup Friday against Washington, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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