What Number Is Tapia?

Raimel Antonio Tapia Linarez (born February 4, 1994) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). Tapia made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Colorado Rockies. He wears the number 15 jersey.

The Colorado Rockies signed Tapia as an international free agent in 2010. He spent the 2013 season with the Grand Junction Rockies of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, and was named the league’s player of the month for July.

He had a 29-game hitting streak for Grand Junction. After the season, he was named the Topps Pioneer League Player of the Year for 2013 and was named by Baseball Prospectus as the No. 97 prospect in all baseball prior to the 2014 season. The Rockies added him to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.

On July 20, 2018, Tapia hit a two-out, two-strike, go-ahead pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the 7th inning against Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley to give the Rockies an 11–8 lead. It was the first grand slam of Tapia’s career and would ultimately prove to be the difference as the Rockies would go on to win the game 11–10.

In 2021, he batted .273/.327/.372. He had the highest ground ball/fly ball ratio in the major leagues, at 4.10, the highest ground ball percentage, at 67.4%, and the lowest fly ball percentage, at 16.4%. On March 24, 2022, Tapia and Adrian Pinto were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Randal Grichuk.