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Raimel Tapia CF  

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 20)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .215 2 23 17 3 .188 -1.3
Birth Date2-4-1994
Height6' 2"
Weight160 lbs
Age20 years, 8 months, 18 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2010
2011
2012
2013
-1.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP

Advanced

'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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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 DCK Rk 67 282 .225 .230 .341 .311 .265 .309 87 -13.6 10.3 -0.8 -2.1 0.2 -1.6 -0.4 -1.6 -0.4
2012 DRO Rk 63 272 .282 .244 .329 .327 .254 .364 103 7.1 8.4 -2.6 0.4 0.9 15.2 1.5 15.2 1.5
2013 GJR Rk 66 286 .336 .272 .342 .408 .269 .381 108 24.4 8.7 -0.3 1.7 1.6 33.3 3.4 33.3 3.4
2014 ASH A 122 539 .289 .265 .331 .390 .265 .383 116 16.5 15.4 -2.6 -1.8 3.1 27.5 2.7 27.5 2.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 DCK Rk 282 29 65 6 3 1 35 26 41 15 8 .262 .336 .323 .060 .225 -1.6 -2.1 -0.4
2012 DRO Rk 272 31 75 9 1 0 35 20 35 13 11 .317 .383 .363 .046 .282 15.2 0.4 1.5
2013 GJR Rk 286 53 92 20 6 7 47 15 31 10 9 .357 .399 .562 .205 .336 33.3 1.7 3.4
2014 ASH A 539 93 157 32 1 9 72 35 90 33 16 .326 .382 .453 .127 .289 27.5 -1.8 2.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

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Details

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 528 54 134 24 2 7 48 24 121 10 8 .274 .309 .376 .240 0.5 CF 0, RF 1 0.1
80o 501 48 118 21 2 6 43 21 119 9 7 .254 .287 .348 .223 -7.6 CF 0, RF 1 -0.8
70o 482 44 108 19 2 6 39 19 117 8 6 .239 .271 .328 .211 -12.9 CF 0, RF 1 -1.4
60o 465 41 99 18 2 5 37 18 115 8 6 .227 .258 .310 .200 -17.1 CF 0, RF 1 -1.8
50o 450 38 90 16 1 5 34 16 113 7 5 .215 .245 .294 .190 -20.7 CF 0, RF 1 -2.2
40o 435 35 83 15 1 4 32 15 111 7 5 .204 .233 .278 .181 -24.0 CF 0, RF 1 -2.6
30o 418 32 76 14 1 4 29 13 109 6 4 .191 .219 .262 .170 -27.3 CF 0, RF 1 -3.0
20o 399 29 67 12 1 4 26 12 106 5 4 .177 .203 .242 .158 -30.6 CF 0, RF 1 -3.3
10o 372 25 56 10 1 3 23 10 102 4 3 .157 .181 .215 .141 -34.6 CF 0, RF 1 -3.8
Weighted Mean45940951715351711476.222.252.304.196-18.7CF 0, RF 1-2.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20152125023527221913534.223.266.295.211-1.7-15.0-0.4-0.314.9-29.2-0.6
20162225024538242210594.228.263.331.218-1.2-10.8-0.3-0.414.9-25.1-0.6
20172325024549132211574.235.272.326.221-1.1-9.7-0.7-0.514.9-23.5-0.6
201824406388314263519956.220.261.314.213-1.7-14.5-0.8-0.914.9-27.7-1.0
2019256306013523410572714510.229.266.330.220-1.4-11.4-1.2-1.514.9-23.6-1.5
2020266346414223411603213511.241.284.350.233-0.6-4.3-1.4-1.714.9-16.1-1.5
2021276016112823311573313310.232.278.343.228-1.0-7.7-1.5-1.814.9-19.3-1.4
2022286236313623410583313310.237.282.342.230-0.9-6.7-1.6-2.114.9-18.0-1.5
202329632641362331160351399.234.281.343.229-1.0-7.4-1.8-2.314.9-18.2-1.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
0.8out of baseball4.1out of baseballout of baseball312.3

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100 81 Zoilo Almonte 2009 .000 DNP

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BP Articles

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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 32: Preserving Your DignityBret Sayre2014-10-18
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TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 32: Preserving Your DignityCraig Goldstein2014-10-18
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League ProspectsBen Carsley2014-08-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League ProspectsCraig Goldstein2014-08-13
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, August 4Jeff Moore2014-08-05
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTop 50 Dynasty League Prospects: Midseason UpdateBret Sayre2014-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of July 11-13Jeff Moore2014-07-14
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This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Top 50: The Best Midseason ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2014-07-07
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Eyewitness Accounts: July 3, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-07-03
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Novelty FoodBen Murphy2014-06-05
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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Two: Asheville and HickoryJordan Shusterman2014-05-29
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Brandon NimmoJason Parks2014-05-22
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24076 (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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