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Birth Date2-4-1994
Height6' 3"
Weight185 lbs
Age26 years, 8 months, 19 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2016 COL 22 22 41 10 0 0 0 2 11 0 3 0 .263 .293 .263 71 -1.4 1.2 0.0 0.1
2017 COL 23 70 171 46 12 2 2 8 36 2 5 2 .288 .329 .425 80 -3.7 1.6 -4.6 -0.3
2018 COL 24 25 27 5 2 1 1 2 7 0 0 0 .200 .259 .480 87 -0.3 0.7 -0.5 0.1
2019 COL 25 138 447 117 23 5 9 21 100 0 9 3 .275 .309 .415 80 -10.0 -0.4 0.8 0.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2011 DCK Rk DSL 67 282 .230 .341 .311 .309 88 -13.8 10.3 -0.8 57 0 -0.6 0.2 -22.6 -1.3
2012 DRO Rk DSL 63 272 .244 .329 .327 .364 105 6.3 8.4 -2.6 132 0 0.9 0.9 9.6 1.7
2013 GJR Rk PIO 66 286 .272 .342 .408 .381 107 25 8.7 -0.3 184 0 0.9 1.6 8.1 1.9
2014 ASH A SAL 122 539 .265 .331 .390 .383 116 16.1 15.4 -2.6 126 0 -11.9 3.1 6.0 1.0
2015 MOD A+ CAL 131 593 .260 .323 .402 .350 94 29.7 16.0 -1.4 134 0 3.4 -0.7 4.0 2.3
2015 SRR Wnt AFL 23 92 .000 .000 .000 .394 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 COL MLB NL 22 41 .259 .325 .426 .357 117 -3 1.2 0 71 13 0.0 1.2 -1.4 0.1
2016 NBR AA EAS 104 457 .258 .324 .391 .349 106 12.1 12.3 -1.1 130 0 0.0 1.4 6.7 2.1
2016 ABQ AAA PCL 24 110 .271 .329 .417 .379 114 0.9 3.1 -0.3 85 0 3.0 0.0 -3.3 0.3
2016 EST Wnt DWL 16 50 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 COL MLB NL 70 171 .250 .316 .415 .361 103 -1.7 5.0 -1.2 80 14 -4.6 1.6 -3.7 -0.3
2017 ABQ AAA PCL 58 277 .280 .343 .446 .432 114 11.9 8.2 0.1 121 0 -1.1 -0.1 8.1 1.5
2018 COL MLB NL 25 27 .244 .303 .404 .235 108 -0.7 0.8 -0.1 87 8 -0.5 0.7 -0.3 0.1
2018 ABQ AAA PCL 105 473 .277 .349 .450 .354 120 1.9 13.9 -1 99 0 -7.4 1.4 1.2 0.8
2019 COL MLB NL 138 447 .245 .315 .420 .341 118 -11.7 13.5 -2.6 80 7 0.8 -0.4 -10.0 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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2011 DCK Rk DSL 282 248 29 65 6 3 1 80 35 26 41 15 8 .262 .336 .323 .060 1 5
2012 DRO Rk DSL 272 237 31 75 9 1 0 86 35 20 35 13 11 .317 .383 .363 .046 4 3
2013 GJR Rk PIO 286 258 53 92 20 6 7 145 47 15 31 10 9 .357 .399 .562 .205 3 5
2014 ASH A SAL 539 481 93 157 32 1 9 218 72 35 90 33 16 .326 .382 .453 .127 4
2015 SRR Wnt AFL 92 88 14 29 5 2 1 41 8 2 17 5 5 .330 .341 .466 .136 1 0
2015 MOD A+ CAL 593 544 74 166 34 9 12 254 71 24 105 26 10 .305 .333 .467 .162 13 7
2016 NBR AA EAS 457 424 79 137 20 5 8 191 34 25 49 17 14 .323 .363 .450 .127 3 2
2016 EST Wnt DWL 50 46 6 8 1 0 0 9 1 3 6 2 1 .174 .224 .196 .022 0 1
2016 COL MLB NL 41 38 4 10 0 0 0 10 3 2 11 3 0 .263 .293 .263 .000 1 0
2016 ABQ AAA PCL 110 104 14 36 5 5 0 51 14 2 12 6 3 .346 .355 .490 .144 3 0
2017 ABQ AAA PCL 277 263 45 97 20 8 2 139 30 13 42 12 2 .369 .397 .529 .160 1 0
2017 COL MLB NL 171 160 27 46 12 2 2 68 16 8 36 5 2 .288 .329 .425 .138 0 1
2018 ABQ AAA PCL 473 434 81 131 33 9 11 215 62 32 85 21 3 .302 .352 .495 .194 1 3
2018 COL MLB NL 27 25 6 5 2 1 1 12 6 2 7 0 0 .200 .259 .480 .280 0 0
2019 COL MLB NL 447 426 54 117 23 5 9 177 44 21 100 9 3 .275 .309 .415 .141 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2016 146 0.4658 0.5205 0.7500 0.5882 0.4615 0.8250 0.6667 0.2500 0.0000
2017 610 0.4590 0.5705 0.7787 0.7250 0.4394 0.8522 0.6759 0.2213 0.0000
2018 104 0.4519 0.5385 0.7143 0.7447 0.3684 0.7429 0.6667 0.2857 0.0000
2019 1605 0.4785 0.5857 0.7340 0.7448 0.4397 0.7902 0.6467 0.2660 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2020 COL $573,500
2019 COL $560,000
2018 COL $
2017 COL $
2016 COL $
1 yrPrevious$560,000
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,133,500
2 yrTotal$1,133,500


Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 20 d1 year/$573,500 (2020)

  • 1 year/$573,500 (2020). Re-signed by Colorado 3/20.
  • 1 year/$560,000 (2019). Re-signed by Colorado 3/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Colorado 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Colorado 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Contract selected by Colorado 11/20/15. Re-signed by Colorado 3/16.
  • Signed by Colorado 11/10 as a free agent from the Dominican Republic. $0.175M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

2020-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts about Van Meter and Tapia this year? I like the upside of both players(possible breakout guys?)but PT is an issue for both, although Van Meter does play multiple positions which should help him in that regard. I see some nice speed/power upside possibilities for both players but wonder how you feel about each of them. Thx.
(bob m from philly)
Josh VanMeter and Raimel Tapia are fine fliers in the 400+ range of drafts. I doubt either sees the field very much, though. The Reds obviously have a crowded OF, but the infield is also stacked. Maybe if Suarez's shoulder is not ready for Opening Day, VanMeter could squeeze PT at 2B. Meanwhile, the Rockies' outfield is a mess as well, with 5 players vying for 2 open spots. Of the two, I think VanMeter has a better path to playing time, at least as a super-utility piece. He has a bit of pop and speed for owners in a pinch. (Jesse Roche)
2019-07-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)Every time Raimel Tapia seems to be out of starting opportunities in COL, he has a big game and keeps hope alive. What is his expectation for the rest of this season? Long term potential?
(Craig from Chicago)
I was just talking about him with Craig some a month ago when it was like .310/.850 and thought he was finally going to win a job. Granted it's the nature of batting average driven dudes, but I do think it's probably not going to happen in Colorado for him, partially due to his own inconsistency and partially due to the Rockies being weird about their young players. I'm not giving up he can be a Role 5 somewhere, but it's really bat-only and he hasn't consistently hit yet even playing his home games in Coors. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-03-18 16:00:00 (link to chat)Will Raimel Tapia eventually take the CF job from Desmond? Is he worth owning if he does?
(Jemil from Manilla)
Last question first: YES OH GOD YES. First question last: The Rockies make some weird decisions, most of which involve locking promising prospects in a closet until they're deep into their 30s. (Jon Hegglund)
2019-03-08 16:00:00 (link to chat)Not a fantasy question per se, but why haven't Cleveland sent Bradley and Chang to Colorado, for the services of Raimel Tapia. He is clearly not loved or wanted among the rocky mountains, and they do like big boppers, surely Cleveland would be a whole lot better in the outfield, with him in it, Who says no?
(boatman44 from Liverpool)
I have no problem with Cleveland adding an OF, though I actually don't mind Leonys Martin and Jake Bauers. Greg Allen may get playing time too, which is good for us fantasy managers. Then you have Zimmer and Naquin who can't stay healthy. Luplow is a long-term investment but doesn't help the Indians as much in 2019. Tapia could make sense. But I don't think Colorado wants Bobby Bradley, a bat-first player who struck out a ton at Triple-A. And then you throwin in Yu-Cheng Chang, another strikeout king with poor defense. Granted that Tapia is just a fourth outfielder, but they'll probably want players with more than one tool. (Kevin Jebens)
2018-11-29 23:00:00 (link to chat)Whither Raimel Tapia?
(Rickey H. from Vegas)
Unclear! As of today he's probably the clubhouse leader to start in center next year, but it's a long offseason. He is still to this point who we thought he was: a really good pure hitter with a little pop, some speed, shaky but workable defense. There's really no reason to waste him in AAA again, so you have to figure he at least garners an extended look at some point in the year, even assuming they bring in a veteran timeshare to hedge (or show no mercy and persist with Blackmon out there). (Wilson Karaman)
2018-02-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Padres plan on being aggressive with Adrian Morejon, and does Raimel Tapia become a regular this year? Figured I'd get both out of the way at once.. Thanks!
(Ron from Texarkana)
Given what the Pads did with Morejon last season, it seems reasonable to assume that they are going to push him as far and as fast as he can go. Tapia’s Opportunity is certainly there, but I don’t see him taking advantage. There are other options in Colorado and I haven’t seen enough from him to think he’ll be able to hold on to a regular gig. (Scott Delp)
2017-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wes Rogers is putting up big numbers in Lancaster, but he does not seem to be getting much attention. Is he a future MLB starting CF? Thanks!
(Steve from Tamofister, WA)
He looks good! Still, he's knocking at a crowded door in Colorado, with Blackmon and Raimel Tapia hanging around above him; and since he needs to play a solid defensive position for his bat to play (I'd expect), he's a little blocked.

That said, he totally seems like he'll start somewhere and at some point. He might have to be traded to find the opportunity or get Rule 5'd or something, but I don't see anything in him as a player that's a huge red flag. He seems serviceable and solid, which is what you're hoping for in a CF prospect. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)who do you think is the best fantasy prospect that is not considered a good real life prospect?
(kjesanis from Worcester)
It was Dan Vogelbach for awhile. Might be Rowdy Tellez right now. Alex Verdugo & Raimel Tapia also come to mind. (George Bissell)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Raimel Tapia find full-time work in Colorado?
(Buff from Snowy Colorado)
The Rockies have such an OF logjam that I could see him being dealt for something at the deadline if the Rockies are still in it. Which is quite the sentence to write in the year of our lord 2017. Then again, the Rockies could hand him an everyday job tomorrow. Nothing they do surprises me. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)How long does Raimel Tapia have to hit over .350 in AAA before the Rockies give him an extended shot?
(Carlo from Chicago)
Longer than you think because Dahl is swinging off a tee and if Tapia doesn't entrench himself before he's on a rehab assignment I think Dahl leapfrogs him into the lineup. Suffice to say it's less to do with Tapia than it is a glut of outfielders (and Desmond's return/flexibility only muddies those waters). (Craig Goldstein)
2017-04-11 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Raimel Tapia an impact prospect once called up?
(Eric from Colorado)
In terms of how he adjusts immediately, I'm not sure, but I like Tapia. I understand why scouts/evaluators get uneasy about guys who just...look weird out there, and Tapia seems like one of those guys. But sometimes that just means the player winds up really underrated. Hunter Pence comes to mind.

Ditto the fact that Tapia looks like a tweener where he doesn't have the power of a traditional corner OF and probably can't hang in center. I think in this era of "everybody strikes out all the time like crazy" there could be something that much nicer about a guy whose bat-to-ball skills you don't worry about as much.

So he winds up a...high floor low ceiling guy who is wonky as he does it? (Nick Schaefer)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rox have so many OFs when do you think Raimel Tapia will get a shot and how high can he get that batting average up in Colorado? How many XBH do you see him hitting in his prime?
(The Colonel from Pasadena, CA)
Yeah, he is in a tough spot. You can send him back to ABQ as he will only be 23 and only played 24 games there last year, but it doesn't seem to be getting any less crowded, and I don't know why you'd deal him. I saw enough improvements in the approach in Double-A--yeah it still isn't great--that I could see him squeezing out a .300 BA with a lot of doubles. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-09-08 19:00:00 (link to chat)For those of us in single season head to head playofffs, would you please speculate on who we should pickup for the last month of the season to help during those matchups (esp SPs)?
(Truganini from Co)
I'll give you two names that are still available in a ton of leagues that I've found exceptionally useful over the past few weeks. The Mets Seth Lugo and Pirates Ivan Nova. As far as hitters go, I'd try to go after Royals specialist Terrance Gore if you need steals. If you're looking for an offensive contributor, I'd target Rockies OF Raimel Tapia. (George Bissell)
2016-06-07 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jeffrey. As a member of a prospect team is there a specific type of player you seem to be more inclined to? Some former members have been more inclined towards Dominican hitters & some other with pitchers with good change ups.
(David from Atlantis)
I used to like fringy grinders and polished arms with advanced change-ups (Milone, Ynoa), but nowadays I am more inclined to take dudes on a case-by-case basis. For example, I was really impressed with Raimel Tapia this week, and that would never be a profile I would have fallen for in the past. I guess young middle infielders with some polish (Wade, Luis Guillorme, Carpio) would be the closest I have to a type right now. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-06-13 23:00:00 (link to chat)Why do you hate Raimel Tapia? I imagine a BP staff meet up with everyone gushing over Mucho Swagger Papi and you in a corner scowling disapproval.
(Jojo from Sd )
Man, I dunno where this rumor started, I put a 55 OFP on the guy last year. He was then and remains now a very wide-outcome guy, however, and I hedged with a 45 realistic. Outside of uncanny natural bat-to-ball he was hella raw in all other facets of the game at Modesto, and he remained that way with little observable progress for most of the summer. And actually, Adam Hayes wrote him up as a 50 recently, so I'm not even the corner scowler around here anymore!

Adam's: (Wilson Karaman)
2016-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who does Raimel Tapia remind you of?
(Truganini from CO)
He reminds me of the sound of Eric Longenhagen bashing his head against his desk as Tapia changes his stance with two strikes. (Michael Baumann)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Raimel Tapia over Andrew Benintendi and Anthony Alford? Please explain, as I feel he has lower defensive value, lower floor, and lower offensive upside than those two. If you wanted to argue the floor being similar to Alford ok, except Alford can stick in CF. Benintendi seems a completely different class. Thoughts here?
(CharlieWerner from York PA)
I think, ultimately, it's quibbling, because we're talking about a 4-spot difference in the rankings, and that preferring one to the other lands in the zone of "reasonable minds differ." That said, I personally prefer Benintendi to Tapia at this point, because I like his chances of sticking in center better. I'm not sure I agree re: overall upside though, as Tapia's contact ability is extremely high, and while I don't think there's significant power on the way, if it does develop, we're looking at an offensive monster. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Can Raimel Tapia become a successful hitter in the big leagues with what seems like a very gimmicky hitting stance?
(Roger from Breckenridge)
The gimmick comes into play with two strikes, and yes I think he can be successful anyway because he has preternatural bat-to-ball ability (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Greg, how does the rise of Victor Robles last season and into the offseason compare to the rise of Raimel Tapia from a few years back? I remember Tapia was pretty hyped up a few years ago, and Robles is receiving huge hype right now. I'm just worried about Robles power development. Does he develop 15-20 HR power?
(Patrick from Dallas)
Piggybacking on my last answer, part of what is driving Robles up lists is his premium speed and defense, which Tapia doesn't have. No, I don't think Robles will be a 15-20 HR hitter but he'll affect the game in almost every other way. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Raimel Tapia a top 25 fantasy prospect? He had a good season statistically but prospect guys don't seem to be talking about him as much as they were at this point last year. What's up with that?
(Chris from Baltimore )
No. I really like Tapia, but the approach as currently constituted is not going to work against major-league pitchers. He may possess an incredible ability to make contact, but he needs to be more selective if his profile is going to work in the big leagues. He's one of the most polarizing prospects in the game, but the longer you see him not change his approach at the plate, the harder it is to be optimistic. (George Bissell)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Blake Swihart for Raimel Tapia - which side you like?
(mbeemsterboer from Somewhere Cold)
Swihart, by a lot. Like a lot a lot. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)For Dynasty Leagues, how would you rank Raimel Tapia, Nick Williams, Brad Zimmer and Brett Phillips? More in terms of upside then ETA.
(Bris Kryant from Chicago)
Sigh, that username. In terms of pure upside I'd go with them in the order they're listed. Overall, I'd go Williams-Zimmer-Tapia-Phillips. Be warned that Zimmer is probably the safest and I'm the highest dude in the planet on Williams. (Ben Carsley)
2015-05-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)I know you guys love you some Raimel Tapia. How concerning is approach (6BB in 183PA at high A) in determining the risk profile? I've heard he feasts on fastballs and not much else, is there any truth to this?
(neph27 from The cmbl)
I know Ryan Parker loves him. I think his overall approach needs refinement, sure. But that's not something out of the ordinary for a young kid reaching the upper minors. (CJ Wittmann)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)The day will not be complete with you saying Raimel Tapia... and maybe saying something about his future. Or his #rig.
(AJ from Phoenix)
That's my favorite name to say in baseball tons of swag. Mucho swagger (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is Raimel Tapia ceiling? Who does he compare to in the MLB?
(Hemmo from Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Ceiling... batting champ. think of the numbers Jeter was putting up in his best years.

Comp- at full maturity Howie Kendick for batting profile. (Ryan Parker)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)BP loves them the Raimel Tapia. Where do you stand?
(Chris from Phoenix)
Hoping to get a look at him this Spring in Scottsdale and maybe later in the year now that the Rockies have an affiliate near me (New Britain). Don't have much to add beyond what the other BP guys have already said. From watching his swing, there's some stuff to clean up there with hands and length, but adding some man strength will help. (Al Skorupa)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rank the following prospects for a dynasty league: Josh Bell, Jose Peraza, Steven Matz, Henry Owens, Aaron Judge, Raimel Tapia, and Braden Shipley
(Mitch from Mitchville)
Matz (The three arms are the safest tier and it's basically a pick'em depending on which weaknesses bother you the least)
Bell (now a 1B)

On Judge - saw quite a bit of him. I think his tools are so strong and what he does well he does WELL ENOUGH that it will overcome hit tool questions. I'm probably one of the low guys on Judge around here. Pretty funny to me, because two years ago I was arguing with people he was a big league regular where everyone questioned him. Big, stiff, long swing and he's just so big he doesn't really have great control of the bat head or barrel because he's too big to have that kind of fine motor control. Doesn't see breaking or soft well, but a selective hitter anyway. I feel like the problems I saw aren't big issues yet but will get exposed in Double-A. I still really like him and think he's a big league regular. He will also be a very fun player to watch. AVG may be a bigger issue than many anticipate, but it's not going to stop him from being a valuable MLB OF. (Al Skorupa)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer in Raimel Tapia? How much power does he end up developing? What's his ETA?
(Bill Clinton from Las Vegas)
It's hard not to be. No, not because Parker will come and find me otherwise. The kid has innate feel for the barrel, and the power will come. One of the highest future hit-tool grades in the minors, and for good reason. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Another prominent baseball source just ranked Raimel Tapia as the 10th best prospect in the Rockies' system. How insanely stupid is that ranking?
(Chris from Baltimore)
I have a ton of Tapia questions in my queue, so let's get this out of the way: Listen, I don't agree with the ranking, but there are a ton of people at BA who forgot more about scouting after breakfast today than I ever knew. I don't know where the discrepancies lie, and obviously I trust BP scouts, but projecting what any of these guys will become is tough sledding, and I'm not gonna disparage what's been one of my favorite sources since I was a kid just because I think they got one ranking that I only have second-hand info on anyway wrong. I encourage everyone to read every prospect source they can get their hands on, because it makes watching the end product, MLB, more fun. Just listen to BP a little more than the other sources and we're all happy :) (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you say Raimel Tapia for me?
(Sara from Tacoma)
You can hear it every week on TINO, just for you. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)I play in a dynasty league with no floor or ceiling on number of minor leaguers rostered - it's up to each owner's discretion. I have a contender - how do you decide between lower ceiling MLB guys and higher upside guys that may be years away? For example, Rubby de la Rosa versus Raimel Tapia? Matt Shoemaker versus Nomar Mazara?
(JoJo from SD)
Tapia and Mazara are guys I'd definitely own but part of it depends on league depth. I'd have to assume you have worse guys than those two to drop, but if you don't, then I'd have to assume that the league is fairly shallow. If that's the case, you don't need to own RDLR, and Shoemaker is more borderline, though I'd make an effort to keep him. This is a great type of question for The Bat Signal, where you can drop your whole roster/league parameters and we can get a better sense of the situation. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Have heard a ton of hype around Raimel Tapia, and rightfully so. Pretty solid year this past season. Do you think this is the season we see the power start to emerge? If everything goes as planned, how many HR's do you think he'd be capable of hitting in an MLB season in his prime? He seems to remind me of Gregory Polanco from what I hear, but I haven't been able to see him play. Accurate player comparison or not? Sort of stat comparing here, so probably not the best thing to do, but they seem similar. Anyway, thanks Mark and have a good day dude.
(Anthony from Bronx)
I actually think 2015 might still be a year too early on the power front for Tapia. I believe we're going to see above-average pop from him at his peak, but the natural hitting ability is going to carry the load for a while here, and that power isn't likely to manifest for another 18-24 months, in my opinion. I don't see the Polanco comp, very different offensive players for me, with different natural gifts. (Mark Anderson)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Last year the preseason hype baby was Raimel Tapia. Has any of the shine wore off entering the '15 season? What do you see his ceiling being playing half is games at coors field?
(Jules from Vancover)
The biggest problem with getting into the hype surrounding prospects that are blowing up, particularly those that are still in the low minors, is that they still need time to develop and manifest their tools on the diamond. Not every teenaged prospect burns through the lower levels with limited trouble, and I still believe Tapia is a big time prospect that should continue to progress in 2015 and the real explosion may come in 2016. (Mark Anderson)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can you tell me about Rafael Devers? I know that he's only 17 and years away from the majors, but does his offensive upside justify keeping him in a 10 team dynasty league? I have one keeper spot for Raimel Tapia, Nick Williams, Lewis Brinson, and Devers. Which of these guys has the highest upside and most potential fantasy value?
(Kevin from Boston)
I can tell you he's advanced for a 17 year old and performed well in his first taste of stateside ball. I like his swing a bunch, but at present he lacks loft/leverage so projecting power could be tricky. If you're anticipating his ability to work those refinements into his game, I think you could make the case he's a top two prospect in a Red Sox system filled with depth but lacking impact. If you think he can't, he's still valuable but not held in the same regard. Pick Nick Williams of those guys. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Raimel Tapia: When do we see him up, 2017? What's the upside (fantasy line)?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Sure, 2017 sounds about right. It's really, really hard to put statistical projections on a guy that far out, but he's someone who could hit .300-plus for several years in his prime. (Ben Carsley)
2014-09-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know that anyone has gotten you on the record about BP heartthrob Raimel Tapia. Do you love him, or do you adore him?
(Steven from NYC)
I like him. My look was underwhelming at the beginning of the season, as he was struggling to get his legs under him at the time. I didn't see much in the way of raw pop and his reads/routes weren't very refined in the outfield. With that said, the bat control was evident despite the unconventional setup. I wish I could've gotten a look at him later in the season, as everyone who saw him then likes him a lot. I'm probably lighter on him than most guys around here, but I still like him as a solid role 5 guy at the end of the developmental day.

Dahl was the guy on that squad, in my opinion. I saw a plus hit, plus run, plus defense center fielder with at least average in-game power. That's a very nice package and one that will be very high on my pref list this offseason. I liked McMahon more than Tapia, as well. (Ethan Purser)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Provided there aren't any major setbacks, what's a reasonable ETA for Raimel Tapia? What does a typical season from him look like?
(Charles from Portland)
Late 2016 cup and 2017 full time ETA sound reasonable to me. He'll be at High A next year. Has the chops to be a .300 hitter with moderate power, and can impact the game with his legs. It's a very nice profile, even if he isn't a CF. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Raimel Tapia, now that Parks is gone, who is in charge of sitting outside his window at night?
(The Dude from Office)
Ryan Parker has been throwing rocks at his window for months, often writing 80's power ballads and love poems. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your colleagues at BP are all over Raimel Tapia for his "hit tool." He certainly seems to be doing well at Ashville this year. Former Rockies player Dexter Fowler was also a skinny guy as a prospect. What gives Tapia a greater likelihood of developing some HR power (if anything)? He's young, but his frame doesn't scream "masher" to me. Thanks a lot!
(Rocky Mountain Hi from LoDo)
I think Ryan Parker would be more capable to answering this. I think the natural lift and bat speed give Tapia a greater advantage. He is skinny but I have heard he has the work ethic to add weight. Should be an interesting prospect moving forward. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Highest offensive potential of Raimel Tapia, Nick Williams, or Josh Bell?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Tapia, at the highest level. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you rather have Josh Bell or Raimel Tapia, in real life and fantasy?
(gerrybraun from san diego)
Raimel Tapia is the real deal at the plate, and I think he will be a more consistent option for both fantasy and real life.

I am very clueless on Fantasy Baseball though, so take the fantasy aspect with a grain of salt. But always give me the better hit tool in real life. (Tucker Blair)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect are you stashing considering both ETA and impact- Raimel Tapia, Nick Williams, or Josh Bell?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Bell, Williams, Tapia in that order (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm surprised you like Nick Williams better than Raimel Tapia in the longterm. Williams has a lot of swing-and-miss while Tapia's hit tool is his strongest asset. Usually the hit-tool guys are the safer bets, no?
(Frank from St Paul)
Williams is a potential 7 hitter, so I'm not sure there's a huge differentiation there. He's also a level above Tapia and I think the question took timetable into account. I like Williams current blend of power/hit better than Tapia who is pretty thin. I do think the power comes for Tapia, but I know there's more of it there for Williams, and given the ultimate outcomes could be similar, I'll take the more advanced player. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)There has been a lot of hype surrounding Reimel Tapia.....I normally like to trade prospects at their highest point possible; but I might just hold onto this prospect because of the 7 hit tool in Coors. (16 team 40 man rosters). What say you?
(Norris from Chicago)
My twitter bio says Raimel Tapia enthusiast and I may or may not have penned some love poetry dedicated to his bat control so I'm a bit biased here. I acquired him in a trade and I plan on holding. The hit tool is what gets you to the majors and he has a really good one. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who has your favourite name to say? Who has your favourite other people say? Past present or future!
(otirol from Southern Ontario)
Currently it's Arismendy Alcántara, all time is a toughie, but:
Eugenio Velez
Placido Polanco
Vladimir Guerrero
Raimel Tapia
Runelvys Hernandez

are a few of my all time favorites. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Does Oswaldo Arcia worth holding onto long term in my dynasty league? Have Stephen Piscotty, Nick Williams, Raimel Tapia and Yasmani Tomas waiting in the wings.
(Drew from Rockford, IL)
I would have Arcia over Yasmani, but the OFers you have coming through are all making a big push this year. He's on the fringe for me. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Jordan, gun to your head (pretend, of course), which of these bats has the best chance to win an MVP in 5-7 years: Raimel Tapia, Dalton Pompey, Austin Meadows, Aaron Judge, or Rio Ruiz.
(Matt from KY)
None of them have an MVP ceiling. But, Tapia could mash his way to one, I guess. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Where is Raimel Tapia on the updated list? how good can he be?
(Ryan from Colorado)
Now would be a good time to link to the list: The BP Top 50: (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Right now who would you compare Raimel Tapia to?
(Scott from Colorado)
Steve Finley (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Raimel Tapia or Manuel Margot, better chance to be a 20-20 guy at his peak?
(TJ from Novi, Mi)
Tapia has the superior offensive upside (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)That Raimel Tapia article was amazing. Can you please tell us more about him? How is he different from say, Nick Williams? Some people have put a 7 on his hit tool as well. Thanks Ryan!
(Dude from not at work)
What do you want to know? Point me in a direction and I'll wax poetic about the one and only Tapia.

Nick Williams is pure batspeed. I wish my players could swing like Nick and hit like Tapia. That's the difference. William's has the tools but Tapia has the skills.

I don't see a 7 on Nick's bat. He can't adjust like Tapia.

Tapia is the finely tuned F1 car. Nick Williams is the jet engine dragster. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Are you concerned about Raimel Tapia's home/road splits?
(Mark from Denver)
Not one bit. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Loved your piece on Raimel Tapia, and I'm wondering if you might share some thoughts on the future of the Rockies outfield. Longterm, do they choose Blackmon or Dickerson (and who would you choose) or is neither likely to accompany Tapia and Dahl in the outfield of, say, 2018?
(gerrybraun from San Diego)
Neither. Tapia and Dahl could cover that outfield by themselves. I believe Cargo would still be there at that time so that's a loaded outfield. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Besides Joey Gallo, who has made the biggest leap forward.
(scott from az)
Raimel Tapia, Tim Anderson and Arismendy Alcantara who is becoming the star of this chat. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)12-team dynasty, 6x6 (with BB for batters, K/BB for P) 7 player MiLB rosters: I have a couple fringier MiLB players right now (Winker, Berrios) and wondering if any of these avail. guys would be better adds: Hunter Dozier, Raimel Tapia (still don't quite get the hype but I'm not a scout), Michael Taylor, Daniel Norris, Josh Bell. Thanks!
(NorDub from PNW)
Definitely Tapia, Daniel Norris is worth a look. Winker and Berrios are good though, I'd probably wait and assess after next monday when the BP top 50 comes out. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ozuna (next 3.5 years at 1 dollar, 260 total) for Raimel Tapia (chance to eventually keep him - when he arrives - at 1, 4, 7, 10, 10, 10, 10 dollars). Which side do you take?
(aaronayoung from DC)
Ozuna. Tapia is a dream right now. A nice dream, but SO far from delivering. (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, what are your thoughts on Raimel Tapia's home/away splits? He seems to hit lefties and righties fine, but the home and away splits are interesting considering the hitter friendly park he plays in. Is he just raw in his game yet? Is his prospect stock being inflated by inflated numbers? Or is he really good and the away split is something that will be fixed with age?
(Mario from Texas)
I've never seen him so it'd be too tough to speculate. That'd be a better question for the prospect team. (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jeff: thanks for your frequent updates on prospects. When 2014 is over, what players do you anticipate will have made the biggest jump up the ranks of prospects?
(howling wolf from Bethesda MD)
Joey Gallo has to be among the leaders in the clubhouse for that honor. He was near the bottom of our Top 101 before the season because of the questions about his ability to make contact against better pitching. He's answered them with a vengeance. Any time a prospect makes great improvement at his biggest weakness, it's significant.

Other candidates include Raimel Tapia, David Dahl, and Hunter Dozier. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)David Dahl or Raimel Tapia?
(Nick from Colorado)
Give me Dahl. I know Tapia's ceiling may be a small tick higher, but Dahl's floor is substantially higher for me. Dahl has a very good shot at becoming a major leaguer, while Tapia could flame out at AA. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Raimel Tapia a future big league starter or more of a 4th outfield profile? What MLB player is a good comp for him?
(Greg from Knoxville)
Yes, he's a future first-division player. He doesn't have a 4th OF profile, in my opinions. I loved how people were so quick to jump off the off-season bandwagon after he started the season slow. It takes time and Tapia is still physically underdeveloped. CarGo is the comp several scouts seem to enjoy dropping, but I'd rather avoid that until he gets further along in the developmental process. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Raimel Tapia end up in the midseason rankings?
(Tom from Jersey)
I'll let you know around the mid-season point. Haven't re-ranked anybody yet. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the ceiling for Raimel Tapia based on his tools? Does he have best OF prospect in the game upside? (Assuming that when he's close, Buxton is already in MLB).
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
It's too early to put that on him, though I guess by the time he's in the upper minors, that's certainly a possibility. Remember, and I said the same thing about Julio Urias in another chat, that just because a player is having success at a young age doesn't raise his ceiling. His ceiling is based on his future tools, not what he's doing at a young age, as impressive as it may be. Just because Urias is pitching in A-ball at 17 doesn't make him a future ace. His stuff says number 2 starter. Same with Tapia. Just because he's young doesn't make him the best. Of course, his hit tool could make him the best, so there's that. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Raimel Tapia - Stud?
(Tom from St Louis)
There's certainly a good chance of that outcome. The kid can hit, and he has some raw pop in that bat too. He's got a long developmental road ahead of him, but guys that can hit like that at a young age don't come around that often. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. In your opinion, which hitter and pitcher, outside of the top 50, have the highest ceilings?
(cracker73 from Florida )
Alex Reyes, Jose Martinez, Braden Shipley, and Hunter Harvey on the pitching side; Nick Williams, Raimel Tapia, and David Dahl on the positional side of the ball. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Most future fantasy value (please rank): Tim Anderson, Raimel Tapia, Francisco Mejia, Stephen Piscotty, Franchy Cordero, Hunter Renfroe
(McClane from Nakatomi Plaza)
Tapia, Mejia, Piscotty, Cordero, Anderson, Renfroe but that's not the order I'd draft them in (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Are you as high on Raimel Tapia as Jason?
(Mark from Denver)
Well, I nearly put him in the top 50 of my Fantasy 101, so I'd say yes. Huge upside. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Raimel Tapia makes a big jump in the prospect rankings this season? Who would you compare him with?
(Tom from New Jersey)
Yes. We were already aggressive with him despite his lack of pro experience. No one doubts the tools. (Ronit Shah)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Do you envision Raimel Tapia becoming an impact player in MLB? Thanks!
(mike from STL)
Hi Mike.

Your guess at this point is as good as mine. Bret Sayre ranked him in his fantasy Top 100 (in the bottom half), but noted that he can be anything from Carlos Gonzalez to a complete washout. The numbers in rookie ball for a 19-year-old make me drool; now let's see what he can do at a higher level. (Mike Gianella)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Raimel Tapia and Alexander Reyes came out of nowhere with a lot of hype this year. Who has the best chances of being their equivalent next year?
(Silverback38 from VA)
In today's scouting notes, I wrote up Marlins pitching prospect Jorgan Cavanerio. It's not too often that I see a guy I've never heard of and am wowed by his performance, but that's what happened with Cavanerio. He's already quite good and if he takes another step when he gets off the complex leagues, everyone will know about him. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect that you haven't been able to see in person are you most interested in watching during Spring Training?
(Chad from OKC)
I'm really looking forward to spending more time around Tim Anderson and Raimel Tapia this camp. (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to rank these OF for dynasty purposes: Phillip Ervin, Nick Williams, Raimel Tapia, Domingo Santana and Jorge Bonifacio.
(Connor from Dallas )
Wow, you hit on a lot of semi-under the radar guys I love here. Tapia, Williams, Santana, Bonifacio, Ervin. But I think it's fairly close all the way around except for Ervin. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of player could Raimel Tapia be, and what do you think the ETA in Coors would be? Thanks.
(chopper from indy)
A very good one. He just turned 20 and hasn't reached full season ball yet, however, so he'll need at least two full seasons in the minors. 2016 at the earliest? (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Raimel Tapia. Oscar Taveras. Are these two names that belong in name association due to their violent swings and uncanny ability to translate that into bat to ball skills? Im probably getting too excited arent I...
(Ziggy from Top)
Tapia isn't on that level yet. It's similar in terms of controlled violence, but Taveras has a proven track record (in the minors) of making it work against quality pitching. Tapia has a short-season resume at present. Let's see how it translates against full-season arms. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can you tell me about Raimel Tapia?
(Parker11 from TX)
He's about to get blown up as a prospect. Can hit and hit for power. He's a ways away, but I'd get in while the getting is good. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty fantasy league any advice on how to choose between high upside risky guys like Raimel Tapia and Eloy Jimenez (who look like more upside but no track record)?
(Juan from San ME)
It's always a balance of upside and the chances they reach that upside. I like to look for what I call a realistic probability. I value Tapia far more than Jiminez just because of the distance to the majors. I am an upside-whore, but it's also important to value their timetable to producing for you. (Craig Goldstein)

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