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Oh, Kyle, the hometown kid, the guy who dominated the Chicago Cubs in the last season’s NL Wild Card game and placed fourth in 2018 Cy Young voting. No one could have anticipated this season’s disastrous decline.
But Freeland is setting himself up to be the comeback story of 2020. Every hero must fall before he can rise again. Right? Right?!
The All-Star Game needs more swagger, and Tapia would bring mucho. Tapia needs to address some glaring deficiencies, mainly the plate discipline that hurts his on-base percentage and makes him mincemeat against pitchers with above-average breaking balls. But if he fixes those issues, continues to increase his power and takes advantage of his speed to make some spectacular outfield plays, America could be lucky enough to be introduced to Tapia.
Oh, and more regular playing time would certainly help. That might be the biggest obstacle in his development.
Rodgers’ first cup of coffee in the big leagues was … not good. His slash line was .224/.272/.250 in 81 plate appearances. Yet it’s not a surprise – it’s what happens when you have to figure out MLB pitching while not getting consistent at-bats.
Perhaps in 2020 the Rockies’ number-one prospect will earn himself an everyday roster spot and capitalize on the promise he’s shown at every other level.