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Fernando Tatis Jr. Can Become MLB’s Next Big Time Player

The San Diego Padres have a rising star in shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis had an impressive rookie season, and he’s off to a hot start in his second season.

He has the potential and skillset to have a long successful career in the MLB. Let’s just say the Padres made the right move in acquiring Tatis.

Fernando Tatis Jr. was a young baseball prodigy

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Tatis is the son of former MLB player Fernando Sr. who played for multiple teams during his career. Now his son is following in his footsteps. He was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox and then was traded to San Diego Padres at the age of 17 before ever playing a professional game. In 2016 he played with the Arizona Padres of the Rookie-level Arizona League and the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.

During that time, he batted a combined .273 with four home runs and 25 RBIs in 55 games. In 2017 Tatis continued to make his way through the minors. He finished with a combined batting average of .278 with 22 home runs, 75 RBIs, and 32 stolen bases.

Going into the 2018 season, he was one of the top prospects in the minor leagues. He returned to the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League as the starting shortstop. In 88 games, he batted .286 with 16 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases. Tatis suffered a season-ending injury in July of 2018, but he was still considered one of the top prospects.

Fernando Tatis Jr. making his MLB debut

In 2019, Tatis was ranked as one of the top three prospects in baseball by multiple baseball outlets. The Padres announced that Tatis made the opening day roster in March of 2019. In his MLB debut, he had two hits. The next month he recorded his first home run. Tatis was one of the most talked-about players during the 2019 season. In 84 games, he batted .317 with 22 home runs, 53 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases.

Tatis finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. During his rookie season, he played liked he’d been in the MLB for a few years. Tatis brought that energy to the team, and he made big plays on the field and at the plate. He set himself up to have a promising career after having success as a rookie.

Getting off to a hot start in 2020

Looking to capitalize on an impressive rookie campaign, Tatis came into the 2020 season ready to have more success. In his rookie season, Tatis displayed power at the played and unlimited range at the shortstop position. The delayed start to the 2020 season did not affect Tatis at all. Through his first 100 games, he has put up some impressive stats.

During his first 100 career games, he posted a .320 batting average with 30 home runs and 70 RBIs. Those numbers are better than Mike Trout and Alex Rodriguez during their first 100 games. Tatis ranks first or second in every major offensive category when it comes to a player’s first 100 games in a Padres uniform. Through 18 games during the 2020 season, he’s batting .333 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs. If Tatis can remain in San Diego for a long time, he’ll have the opportunity to be one of the greatest players to wear a Padres uniform.