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made the playoffs"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockies Player ReviewsRaimel Tapia was the odd man out in a crowded outfieldNew Joe Maddon Jersey ,32commentsMucho Swagger did not play much of a role as the Rockies made the playoffsByHayden Kane@hwkaneOct 23, 2018,8:30am Raimel Tapia was the odd man out in a crowded outfieldYou’re reading the 2018 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the season had by every player to play for the Rockies in 2018. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the least amount of rWAR and end up with the player with the most.o. 26, Raimel Tapia (0.0 rWAR)The mythology around Raimel Tapia goes back a number of years at this point. The freaky hand-eye coordination. The crouch with two strikes. The exciting style of play. We’ve been ready for Tapia for a long time.So how is it possible that we just wrapped up the 2018 season and we’re still waiting? Tapia had moments of brilliance during his 2017 appearances and one in particular this past season (more on that in a second). He has at least shown flashes of a guy who is ready for an extended opportunity at the big league level. The obvious reason there hasn’t been room for Tapia is the glut of veteran outfielders on the roster the past couple seasons. The fact that Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra are both left-handed hasn’t helped matters either. But it still feels like there’s something more going on, like there’s something missing. Or at least it feels like the Rockies think something is missing.Tapia seems like he has been miscast when he has appeared. He doesn’t seem to have taken to pinch hitting, and he certainly is not reliable if you’re looking for a sacrifice bunt. But is that really what we ever envisioned for Tapia, for the guy who had a bunch of dorks tweeting “Mucho Swagger Papi” because it was the only chance we would ever have to say those words and not look ridiculous?Even if our expectations were too high for Tapia, the way his 2018 unfolded, with all of 25 at-bats Willson Contreras Jersey , didn’t feel entirely fair. I’m thinking of one night in particular where, as I listened to a Rockies game on the radio, the announcers were indignant when Tapia failed to get a sacrifice bunt down as a pinch hitter. He’ll have to do better, they said, if Bud Black is going to trust him.If Raimel Tapia gets a chance to prove himself with regular playing time, I hope sacrifice bunts have nothing to do with it. I want to see the dynamic, exciting player who can make a difference. I want the fact that he’s still raw in some aspects of the game to be something he can grow through with more playing time rather than a self-fulfilling prophecy when he comes off the bench once a week.I want to see him get the chance to show us more of this:Maybe Raimel Tapia doesn’t have the goods to be a big league starter. It would be nice to see him get an extended opportunity first. Hopefully as some of those veterans move on, Tapia can earn some playing time. Hopefully we can answer more questions than “can Raimel Tapia kill Triple-A pitching?” at this time next year. These guys will be formidable again in 2019."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Chicago Cubs recapsChicago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs essaysChicago Cubs game threadsWrigley Field renovationsFull archiveLibrary Bleed Cubbie Blue Community GuidelinesCurrent time in ChicagoBCB Specials & Site InfoWinter 2019 music threadsCubs StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Cubs newsYahoo Cubs team pageYahoo Cubs reportYahoo Cubs depth chartYahoo Cubs transactionsYahoo Cubs photosOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHubnow your enemyKnow your enemy: Atlanta BravesNew,4commentsThese guys will be formidable again in 2019.CSTShareTweetShareShareKnow your enemy: Atlanta BravesChampion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Florida http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , spring home of the BravesAaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsAfter a couple of down years, the Braves roared right back into the postseason picture with a N.L. East title, provided mainly by guys from their own system: Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb.They added to that a fine season by Nick Markakis, who they retained at a far-below-market rate on a one-year deal for 2019. The Braves have also made some shrewd trades over the last few years, acquiring a couple of No. 1 draft picks from other teams. Starting shortstop Dansby Swanson came over in a deal that sent Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks, and another deal with Arizona brought Touki Toussaint, who is expected to be in the Atlanta rotation. If you’re keeping score, that’s two straight No. 1 D-backs picks (Toussaint Kyle Hendricks Jersey , 16th overall in 2014, Swanson, 1st overall in 2015) who are now key members of the Braves. Arizona has no one left from either of those deals.So give a lot of credit to the Braves in putting together a winning ballclub just a couple of years after they were among the worst teams in the National League. Acuna was the N.L. Rookie of the Year after hitting .293/.366/.522 with 26 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 111 games — at age 20, one of the best seasons ever (4.1 bWAR) for someone that age. Albies, who just turned 22, hit .261/.305/.452 with 24 home runs and 14 stolen bases and played an outstanding second base.In one eight-game stretch in August, Acuna hit .471/.514/1.235 (1.749 OPS, 16-for-34) with eight home runs, so many homers that Marlins pitcher Jose Urena threw at him, apparently intentionally Mike Montgomery Jersey , in the first inning of this game, inciting a bench-clearing incident [VIDEO].Your browser does not support HTML5 video.The “old man” of this team (apart from Markakis) is Freddie Freeman, a perennial All-Star who finished fourth in N.L. MVP voting last year and who’s all of 29. Freeman’s been around so long that one of his teammates in his September call-up year (2010) was Kyle Farnsworth. (No, I am not making that up.)The N.L. East is a tough division, but I see the Braves winning it again.The Cubs will get a look at the Braves early, as they will visit Atlanta for their second series of the year, April 1-3-4 (the first date is the Braves home opener). The Braves will visit Wrigley Field June 24-25-26.
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