San Diego signed Tapia to a minor league contract last winter. He had an excellent Spring Training and secured a spot on the 40-man roster out of camp. The Friars bounced him between the majors and El Paso for a few months. He’s gotten into 15 big league games, allowing eight runs in 17 2/3 innings. Tapia has walked 12 while striking out 14.
He has missed more bats in Triple-A, striking out 16 over 14 2/3 frames. He’s dished out 10 free passes at the top minor league level, though, continuing the control issues that have plagued him throughout his career. Tapia has walked upwards of 13% of opponents in parts of four big league campaigns. He has huge arm strength, averaging around 98 MPH on his fastball, but has a below-average 17.6% strikeout rate at the MLB level.
Tapia was outrighted off the A’s roster last September. Players who have been outrighted multiple times in their careers have the right to free agency. It’s unclear whether Tapia will accept the assignment or head back to the open market in search of a minor league opportunity elsewhere.