Raimel Antonio Tapia...Pronounced RYE-mel TAH-pee-uh...Nicknamed El Canrejo (translation: The Crab)...Son of Rafael Tapia Sanatana and Mercedes Linarez...Is one of seven children, has three brothers and three sisters...His older brothers, Rafael Tapia, Antonio Linarez and Jose Linarez, all played professional baseball but none made it to the Majors...Antonio runs a Little League program in the Dominican Republic...In 2020, he donated food and supplies, and personally delivered it to his neighbors in the Dominican Republic at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tied for sixth in the NL with a career-high 20 stolen bases while batting .273 over 133 games for the Rockies...His 13.1 percent strikeout rate was the seventh-lowest in the Majors (third in the NL), while his 7.5 percent walk rate was the highest of his career...From the leadoff spot, tied for fourth in hits (114), while ranking 5th in RBI (45), and 6th in doubles (24) among NL players...Led the Majors with a 68.1 ground ball percentage (2nd: Eric Hosmer - 55.5%) ...Was the highest ground ball rate in Rockies history and the highest in the Majors since Luis Castillo matched this rate with Florida in 2000...Had seven games with multiple doubles, tying Marcus Semien for the most in the Majors...Became one of three Rockies to have seven or more games with multiple doubles in a single season, joining Todd Helton (3x) and Matt Holliday (2x)...Notched his third career walk-off RBI and first career walk-off home run April 23 vs. PHI off Hector Neris (last RBI: May 27, 2019, vs. ARI)...Became the second leadoff batter in Colorado history to hit a walk-off home run, joining Charlie Blackmon (July 25, 2018, and April 19, 2019)...Mashed his third career grand slam in Game 1 on May 4 vs. SF off Aaron Sanchez (last: Sept. 27, 2019)...His previous two grand slams came as a pinch hitter...Collected three hits in three consecutive games from June 2-4, the first Rockies player to do so since Charlie Blackmon had a string of five-straight three-hit games from June 13-18, 2019...Became the eighth player in MLB history to have an 18-game stretch (June 2-22) with at least 35 hits and 14 doubles (last: Tony Oliva in 1969)...Had a career-long 21-game on-base streak from June 2-26 and a career-long 18-game hitting streak June 2-22...Was the longest hitting streak by a Rockie since Carlos Gonzalez’s 19-game streak from July 18-Aug. 13, 2016...Batted .438 (35- for-80) with 21 runs, 14 doubles and 10 RBI over the streak with 12 multi-hit games and five three-hit games...Finished the month of June with a .345 average with 26 runs, 15 doubles and 12 RBI...Led the Majors in doubles and tied for 2nd with 39 hits...His 15 doubles were the 2nd most in any month in franchise history (most: Todd Helton, 18 doubles, August 2000)...Ejected for the first time in his career in Philadelphia on Sept. 11 by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook.
Batted leadoff in 34 of Colorado’s 60 games…his 46 hits as a leadoff hitter were tied for fourth in the National League... Ranked seventh in the NL and first on the Rockies with a .321 batting average (59-for-184)…recorded six games with three or more hits, tied for the fifth-most in the NL...Batted .339 (55-for-164) over the final 43 games of the season, after getting off to a 2-for-16 start over his first eight games through Aug. 10...Hit safely in 15 of 16 games from Aug. 11-Sept. 27, batting .354 (23-for-65) with three doubles and five RBI over that span…had a nine-game hitting streak from Sept. 11-20, his second nine-game hitting streak of the season (also: Aug. 28-Sept. 6)...Reached base in a career-high 19 consecutive games, Aug. 16-Sept.6, slashing .356/.442/.479 over that span... Hit his first career leadoff home run on Sept. 4 at Dodger Stadium.
Placed on the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career and played a career-high 138 games ... Homered in three straight games April 20-23 ... first player since Jimmie Schaffer of the Chicago Cubs (July 28-Aug. 1, 1963) to homer in three straight games before his 300th career at-bat after having not hit more than three total home runs over his first 250 career at-bats ... Career-high-tying four hits June 27 vs. Los Angeles-NL, his second career four-hit game (also: June 14, 2017 at Pittsburgh) ... Hit an inside-the-park home run on April 20 for his first homer of the year ... his first career inside-the-park home run, the 18th in Rockies history (last: Charlie Blackmon, July 16, 2017 at New York-NL) ... Second career walk-off RBI on May 27 vs. Arizona, a single to drive in Ian Desmond in the 11th inning (also: RBI single on June 15, 2017 vs. San Francisco) ... His four pinch-hit home runs tied for the second most in the NL and tied for the second most in franchise history, the most since Pat Valaika had four in 2017 (most: five, Mark Sweeney, 2004) ... Hit his fourth pinch-hit home run of the season Sept. 27 vs. Milwaukee in the sixth inning, his second career pinch-hit grand slam (also: July 20, 2018 at Arizona), making him the first player in franchise history with two grand slams in the pinch ... Placed on the injured list Aug. 26 with a left hand contusion and was reinstated Sept. 3.
Spent a majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque and appeared in 25 games with the Rockies across two stints ... In 105 games with Triple-A Albuquerque, batted .302 (131-for-434) with 81 runs, 33 doubles, nine triples and 11 home runs … recorded 21 stolen bases and was caught stealing three times ... In 25 games with the Rockies, including three starts, batted .200 (5-for-25) with six runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI ... Recorded his first career grand slam on July 20 at Arizona off Archie Bradley, a pinch-hit go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning … it was the 12th pinch-hit grand slam in franchise history, the third pinch-hit go-ahead grand slam in franchise history.
Appeared in 70 games across six stints with the Rockies, batting .288 (46-for-160) with two home runs, 16 RBI, eight walks and five stolen bases ... Started the season 0-for-15 … batted .315 (46-for-146) in 60 games after snapping the skid ... Hit .400 (24-for-60) at Coors Field … recorded at least one hit in 10 of 11 starts at home (.409, 18-for-44) ... Made 16 starts in right field, 14 in left field and one in center field … hit .293 (36-for-123) with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBI as a starter ... Batted .417 (5-for-12) with three doubles and three RBI in six games after his last recall on Sept. 7 ... Made his first career postseason appearance in the NL Wild Card Game at Arizona on Oct. 4 … recorded a base hit as a pinch-hitter ... Recorded a career-high three runs and four hits on June 14 at Pittsburgh ... Recorded his first Major League home run on June 30 at Arizona off of Robbie Ray ... First career walk-off RBI on June 15 vs. San Francisco, a single off of Hunter Strickland ... Played in 58 games for Triple-A Albuquerque and batted .369 (97-for-263) with 20 doubles, eight triples, two home runs and 30 RBI.
Made his Major League debut as a pinch-hitter on Sept. 2 vs. Arizona and batted .263 (10-for- 38) in 22 games with the Rockies after his recall...Recorded a single for his first Major League hit in his first at-bat … hit safely in his first four Major League games (7-for-15; .467), including a season-high three hits on Sept. 4 vs. Arizona...In six starts with Colorado, batted .272 (7-for-27) with two RBI … hit leadoff and played center field in five consecutive starts from Sept. 3-7...Split the season between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque prior to promotion … promoted to Albuquerque on Aug. 9, where he hit .333 (31-for-93) with 13 runs, five doubles, four triples, 13 RBI, two walks and six stolen bases...Named a Midseason All-Star with Hartford after batting .323 (136-for-424) with 79 runs, 20 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 34 RBI and 17 stolen bases...Led the Yard Goats in runs (79), hits (137) and triples (5)...Played in his second consecutive All-Star Futures Game in 2016, going 1-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, starting in left field.
Named a Midseason, Postseason and MiLB.com Organization All-Star after batting .305 (166-for-544) with 74 runs, 24 doubles, nine triples, 12 home runs, 71 RBI and 26 stolen bases for High-A Modesto in the California League…Set career-highs in games played (131), hits (166), doubles, triples and home runs…Named the starting right fielder for the World Team in the 2015 All-Star Futures Game, going 2-for-3 with a run scored…Led the California League in hits, while finishing in the top five in doubles, triples and stolen bases…Hit .387 (53-for-137) vs. left-handed pitchers, .278 (113-for-407) vs. right-handed pitchers…Named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team and an Arizona Fall League Rising Star after batting .330 (29-for-88) with 14 runs, five doubles, two triples, one home run and eight RBI … hits ranked second in the league.
Hit .326 (157-for-481) with 93 runs, 32 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 72 RBI and 33 stolen bases for Asheville, earning Post-season All-Star and MiLB.com Organization All-Star honors ... Ranked second in the South Atlantic League in runs, third in batting average and sixth in stolen bases.
Was named the TOPPS Pioneer League Player of the Year after he hit a league-leading .357 (92-for-258) with 53 runs, 20 doubles, six triples, seven home runs and 47 RBI for Rookie Level Grand Junction ... Was also named a Pioneer League Post-Season All-Star, MiLB.com Organization All-Star and a TOPPS ShortSeason/Rookie All-Star ... Led all Short-Season Minor Leaguers with 92 hits and was among the top 10 in runs, doubles, triples, slugging percentage (.562) and extra-base hits (33).
Hit .316 (75-for-237) with 31 runs, nine doubles, one triple, 35 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 63 games with the Dominican Summer League Rockies ... Hit .336 (41-for-122) with six doubles and 19 RBI in the first half of the season, and .296 (34-for-115) with three doubles and 16 RBI in the second half.
In his first professional season, hit .262 (65-for-248) with 29 runs, six doubles, three triples, one home run, 35 RBI and 15 stolen bases for the Dominican Summer League Rockies ... Led the club in at-bats and RBI and was second in games played.