Colorado Rockies: How Raimel Tapia can learn from Ryan McMahon’s offseason adjustments

Apr 21, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia (15) celebrates as he and third baseman Ryan McMahon (24) score on a play in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia (15) celebrates as he and third baseman Ryan McMahon (24) score on a play in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 6, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon (24) watches his ball on a solo home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

One of the best parts about this paltry 2021 season for the Colorado Rockies has been seeing the jump that Ryan McMahon has made as a hitter.

He has made some key adjustments in his approach that have been applied fantastically to his hitting profile and it’s resulting in much more positive results for him in years past, making him a threat both at Coors and on the road (something this year’s Rockies are obviously struggling with). It’s a welcome sight to see from someone who will need to be a large presence on this Rockies roster in the coming years.

Raimel Tapia, on the mean hand, has seemingly started to take a bit of a step back from his 2020 numbers and is hitting eerily similar to his 2019 season in terms of advanced stats. As I dug into the stats more and analyzed his hitting profile, I recognized many things he’s doing this year that were similar to what McMahon was doing last season and I believe there’s a very straightforward way to help Tapia improve as a hitter in the coming years.

With two more years of arbitration before Tapia becomes an unrestricted free agent, he will need to improve as a hitter to maximize his value and the answer is within Ryan McMahon‘s adjustments he’s made this season.

Here are the lessons Raimel Tapia could learn from his Colorado Rockies teammate, Ryan McMahon.

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