Future Watch: Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Baseball Cards, Padres – Fernando Tatis Jr. was signed as an International free agent by the Chicago White Sox in 2015. His father played major league baseball, same name, and the fan base was excited to sign this excellent fielding shortstop.
In 2016, at the age of 17, he had four homers and 20 RBI in 43 games in the Arizona League. He then graduated from Rookie Ball to A-ball. Now with the Tri-City Dust Devils, he hit four doubles, two triples, and five RBI in 12 games. He finished the season out on a good note.
In June of 2016, the San Diego Padres acquired the future star in a trade that involved starting pitcher James Shields.
In 2017, he was started the season in Class-A and was promoted to Double-A. Over 486 at-bats, he had 135 hits, 27 doubles, seven triples, 22 home runs, and 75 RBI. He hit .278 and swiped 38 bases. Late in 2017, Tatis played winter ball in San Pedro de Macoris.
In 2018, Tatis played a full season with the San Antonio Missions, the team he finished out with the year before. He smacked 22 doubles, four triples, 16 homers, and 43 RBI in 88 games. Also, he stole 16 bases and hit .286. He was inching closer to the big leagues.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
As a shortstop capable of hitting for a high average with at least plus power, Tatis has one of the highest offensive ceilings in the Minors. He crushes the ball to all fields with an explosive but the fluid right-handed swing that features a combination of bat speed, barrel awareness and huge extension through contact. His plus-plus raw power plays from line to line because he’s comfortable letting the ball travel deep into the zone. While he can be too aggressive at times, leading to some swing-and-miss issues, Tatis has a consistent approach, puts together good at-bats and shows high capacity for making adjustments. He also makes an impact on the bases, and he’s improved his speed to the point where evaluators now view him as a plus runner. ETA 2019.
Here’s a look at him having an instant impact in San Diego.
Follow him on Twitter @tatis_jr.
Future Watch: Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Baseball Cards, Padres – Stats
|2016||17||SDP-min||Rk,A-||55||236||220||39||60||17||3||4||25||15||3||13||57||.273||.311||.432||.742||95||4||0||1||2||0||PDS,TRI · ARIZ,NORW|
|2017||18||SDP-min||A,AA||131||575||486||84||135||27||7||22||75||32||15||77||141||.278||.379||.498||.877||242||6||6||0||6||3||FWA,SAN · MIDW,TL|
|2018||19||SDP-min||AA||88||394||353||77||101||22||4||16||43||16||5||33||109||.286||.355||.507||.862||179||8||6||0||2||1||SAN · TL|
|162 Game Avg.||162||648||572||86||162||29||0||48||105||10||10||48||200||.283||.353||.583||.936||146||334||0||19||0||10||0|
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