Raimel Antonio Tapia Linarez of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder. Tapia debuted in the Major League Baseball in 2016 with the Colorado Rockies.
Tapia was signed as an international free agent by the Colorado Rockies in 2010.
He spent the 2013 season with the Rookie-level Pioneer League’s Grand Junction Rockies, where he was named the league’s Player of the Month for July.
For Grand Junction, he had a 29-game hitting streak. Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the Topps Pioneer League Player of the Year and Baseball Prospectus ranked him as the No. 97 prospect in all of baseball.
After the 2015 season, the Rockies added him to their 40-man roster.
Tapia started the 2016 season with the Hartford Yard Goats of the Class AA Eastern League, and he was named to the 2016 All-Star Futures Game.
In August, he was promoted to the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
Tapia was promoted to the major leagues by the Rockies on September 2, 2016.
Tapia hit a two-out, two-strike go-ahead pinch-hit grand slam against Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley in the top of the seventh inning on July 20, 2018, to give the Rockies an 11–8 lead.
Tapia’s grand slam was his first of his career, and it proved to be the game’s deciding factor, as the Rockies went on to win 11–10.
He batted .200/.259/.480 in 25 at-bats last year.
With a sprint speed of 28.6 feet per second, he was the fastest designated hitter in the major leagues.
What Ethnicity Is Raimel Tapia?
Raimel Antonio was born in the Dominican Republic and is of mixed ethnicity.