Tauchman's chances of breaking camp with the big club appeared to take a hit when Carlos Gonzalez re-signed with Colorado on March 9, but Tauchman has kept hope alive by continuing to stand out in the Cactus League. In addition to playing quality defense, the lefty-hitting Tauchman has gone 17-for-50 at the dish (.340 average) while putting his speed on display with three stolen bases. The 27-year-old's performance is likely enough to garner him the edge over David Dahl, Noel Cuevas and Jordan Patterson for the No. 5 outfield job behind Charlie Blackmon, Gonzalez, Gerardo Parra and Raimel Tapia.
Tauchman was initially in the mix for a starting gig with a few other Rockies prospects and Gerardo Parra, but the addition of Gonzalez likely leaves Tauchman in a fight for a fifth outfielder role. The 27-year-old is having a good spring, batting .293 with a homer and five RBI in 41 at-bats. Tauchman also has a selling point of a unique power/speed combo (16 homers and steals at Triple-A last season), but he also has two options remaining and lacks the prospect pedigree of fellow competitors David Dahl and Raimel Tapia.
The 27-year-old demolished Triple-A pitching last season to the tune of a .941 OPS. He struggled a bit against major-league pitching, but his intriguing power/speed combo give him a decent shot to crack the Opening Day roster. The biggest hurdle will be overcoming the other competitors for the job, as David Dahl and Raimel Tapia offer similar skills with more pedigree and upside. An injury could make these facts a moot point, but Tauchman certainly has the skillset and the results to spend some time in the big leagues at some point during 2018 even if he isn't there on Opening Day.
Tauchman went 4-for-16 with two runs scored and an RBI in the month of September.
Tauchman saw little playing time due to the Rockies' position in the standings, but there's still reason to see some hope for him. He produced 16 home runs and a .941 OPS in 420 at-bats at Triple-A this season. Carlos Gonzalez's potential departure in free agency could open up a spot for him in the big leagues, but the presence of Ian Desmond, Gerardo Parra and Raimel Tapia as other options for the corner outfield positions cloud his outlook for 2018. Spring training will hopefully clear things up on this front.
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