The Colorado Rockies will promote outfielder Raimel Tapia to the big league club on Friday as one of the team’s September call-ups, multiple sources have confirmed to Purple Row. Antonio Puesan from 1050 AM radio in Miami was the first to report the news.
Tapia, the No. 4 PuRP on the midseason list, hit .328/.361/.458 in 128 games between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque this season, with eight home runs and 23 stolen bases. Since being promoted to Albuquerque on Aug. 9, the 22-year-old has hit .346 in 110 plate appearances.
Tapia has represented the Rockies in the All-Star Futures Game in each of the last two seasons and has caught the attention of scouts and prospect analysts alike with his ability to barrel up the ball consistently, even out of a unique two-strike crouch. Tapia has struck out just 61 times in 567 total trips to the plate this season.
No corresponding move will be needed for Tapia, who was added to the Rockies’ 40-man roster last November.