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Prospects On Deck: LF Raimel Tapia – Rockies

Raimel Tapia

Photo Credit: Katie Bailey/Asheville Citizen-Times

The Rockies are showcasing 10 of their homegrown talent on the big league roster in 2015 with Troy Tulowitzki (Drafted 2005), Wilin Rosario ( Amateur Free Agent 2006), Charlie Blackmon (Drafted 2008), Christian Friedrich (Drafted 2008), Nolan Arenado (Drafted 2009), Tyler Matzek (Drafted 2009), Corey Dickerson (Drafted 2010), Christian Bergman (Drafted 2010), Eddie Butler (Drafted 2012) and Scott Oberg (Drafted 2012).  It is very impressive to see a club reward the hard work of their younger balls players and another one that is  standing out and looks to be an option in the future, is top prospect Raimel Tapia.

Tapia, #5 on the Rockies Top Prospect Watch list, started his professional career in 2011 in the Rockies Dominican Summer League at the age of 17, after being signed as an amateur free agent. In 2011 he batted .262, with 29 runs, a home run, 35 RBI’s and 15 stolen bases. In 2012, he remained in the Dominican Summer League and took a step forward by batting .316, with 31 runs, nine double, 35 RBI’s and 13 stolen bases.

The Rockies moved the 21-year old outfielder to their rookie affiliate, the Grand Junction Rockies for the 2013 season and the Dominican Republic native batted .357, with 20 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 47 RBI’s and 10 stolen bases. He also enjoyed a 29-game hit streak from June 28 to August 1st, with 14 multi-hit games in that span.

For the 2014 season, Tapia was sent to Class-A Full Season Asheville Tourists, and he continued to hit as he batted .326, with 93 runs, 32 doubles, nine home runs, 72 RBI’s, and 33 Stolen bases. The top outfield prospect finished in the top ten in the South Atlantic League in runs, hits (157), doubles, RBI’s, stolen bases, and batting average.

This season, after being promoted to the Class-A Advanced Modesto Nuts, Tapia came out swinging a hot stick as he hit safely in his first five games batting .444, (11 for 25), with three doubles, and six RBI’s. The next two games he would go hitless, but on Friday night against the Inland Empire 66ers, Tapia was back on track with another solid performance as he hit three doubles, driving in five runs to finish the night 3 for 5. In eight games so far this season, he is batting .368 (14 for 38), with six doubles, and 12 RBI’s.

The Rockies have proven over the last few years that they have some great young outfield talent, espeically with Dickerson and Blackmon now on the big club. Tapia looks to be moving through the system quickly but also producing along the way. The future is bright for Tapia, especially if he continues on the track that he is on. It won’t be too long before he also is considered as an option in the majors.

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