The Colorado Rockies need to find a home for Raimel Tapia
Despite the Colorado Rockies needing some offense in the outfield, they, arguably, have too many outfielders. The problem is few have shown that they should be getting much MLB playing time. As of now, it looks like Raimel Tapia looks to be the odd man out of the 2021 starting outfielders.
Outside of the 2020 season, Tapia, who turns 28 in February, has not been a good hitter. He is a groundball machine (his 67.5 percent groundball rate in 2021 was, far and away, the highest in baseball among players with at least 500 plate appearances. San Diego’s Eric Hosmer was second at 55.5 percent). As a result, he doesn’t hit for any power and doesn’t have a good average.
It’s as simple as defenders are on the ground and if the ball is on the ground, there’s a better chance of them getting it than if it’s 20 feet in the air (which is why teams look at launch angle for a player).
Outside of 2021, he hasn’t been a good defender either.
The Rockies hopefully can find a trade partner for him and, perhaps, address one of their other issues.