Colorado Rockies: It’s time to give Raimel Tapia a real opportunity

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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 20: Raimel Tapia #15 of the Colorado Rockies gestures as he rounds first base after hitting a grand slam home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on July 20, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 20: Raimel Tapia #15 of the Colorado Rockies gestures as he rounds first base after hitting a grand slam home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on July 20, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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Raimel Tapia of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 01: Raimel Tapia #7 of the Colorado Rockies stands in the dugout during a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on October 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images) /

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The simple truth remains that Tapia needs consistent play in the majors. His 2017 campaign proved he could be a substantial contributor when given the opportunity. It feels like it will not be the case again in 2019 as the team is seemingly set with their outfield as we careen towards the first spring training games.

Tapia deserves an opportunity. The numbers have not shown how good of a player he can be because he has been up and down, shuffled in the system. It is understandable why the Rockies continue to shift Desmond around for more opportunities. A $70 million deal is something that is difficult to give up on, mainly since it has not worked out for the Rockies to this point.

Spring Training will be a significant opportunity for Tapia to showcase his abilities once again, and hopefully force the Rockies hand. The team is showing a more consistent approach to youth, displayed by the starting rotation the past two years, and Tapia falls entirely in line with that attitude.

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If anything, Tapia can provide much-needed depth for an outfield carrying two over-30-year-olds. Fans should make sure to watch Tapia leading up to the season. For the Rockies, it is time they gave him a real opportunity.

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