Fernando Tatis, Jr., nicknamed “El Nino”, came into this Spring Training as one of the Top 5 prospects in baseball. Tatis made the opening day roster for the San Diego Padres and he’s made a huge splash during his rookie season hitting .326 with 14 home runs.
If it represent not for the gaolbreak time of year of the NY Mets beginning baseman Pete Alonso, we would represent hoping up Tatis as the following cub of the twelvemonth prospect in the National League.
WHO IS FERNANDO TATIS, JR?
Hometown: San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Team: San Diego Padres
Stats: .326 AVG, 14 HR, 33 RBI, 14 SB
While Vladimir Guerrero’s son Vlad, Jr. is getting a lot of accolades in Toronto for his slugging ability, Tatis Jr. is another son of a big leaguer who has been making a name for himself.
The younger Tatis jack up 14 home base political campaigns in only 60 plots of activeness as a leadoff Isle of Man. He only needs 99 more to bind his Father-God.
Chip Off the Old Fernando
Tatis, Jr. grew up in the Dominican Republic. He is the son of former journeyman third baseman Fernando Tatis, Sr. The elder Tatis retired in 2010 but he played 11 seasons with the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Mets.
In 1999, Tatis, Sr. set an MLB record with 8 RBI in a single inning when he smashed two grand slams for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tatis, Sr. finished his career as a .265 hitter with only 113 home runs.
Tatis, Jr.’s grandfather also played ball and toiled for over a decade in the minor leagues between the late 1960s and early 1970s. Fernando Aaninio Tatis got as high as AAA Denver before he became a scout.
Tatis, Sr. later would coach in the Dominican baseball leagues for the San Pedro Estrellas. They were considered the Cubs of the DR because they had not won a title since the late 1960s. That all changed when El Nino. suited up for the squad and led the Estrellas to their first crown since 1968.
Tatis Sr. said his son had a love for the game that he demonstrated on and off the field.
“He meet so much baseball game and screw to represent out at the orbit so long when he represent in Little League that he have his traditions case,” read Fernando Senior.”I secern him he could not meet baseball game until he get under one’s skin his school assignment in order of magnitude. From that meter until when he sign with the White Sox (at 16-years erstwhile) he have the best traditions in all his courses of study, just to realise trusted he could meet baseball game all he want.”
The Chicago White Sox signed Junior with an international contract at the age of 16. He was traded at the age of 17 but regarded so high before he even played a single game with the organization. The Padres hit the jackpot. They have a potential ace with Chris Paddack and have a blooming All-Star SS in the making.
Manny Say Promote Tatis
One of the caveats about Manny Machado coming to play in San Diego was that he wanted the organization to promote their top prospect. During his time with the Baltimore Orioles, Machado and Tatis’ father were teammates. Machado wanted to become a mentor to the young shortstop.
“I want to play third base beside this kid,” Machado told the Padres. “And be for him what JJ Hardy was for me when I first came up. He’s unbelievable.”
It’s one thing to fast track a player out of nepotism, but in this case Tatis has proven he can handle playing in ‘The Show’ as a 20-year old.
For one thing, Tatis is fast and already racked up 14 stolen bases. He also has a cannon for an arm. But in the modern MLB, shortstops have to be excellent fielders and hit the snot out of the ball. Tatis smokes balls. According to ESPN, only 10 other hitters in the big league hit at a harder exit velocity at 115.9 mph.
Tatis made the roster for Opening Day and he did not disappoint anyone with two hits.
Although he missed all of May with an injury, Tatis would be in the top 5 in hitting in the NL with a .326 average if he had enough qualifying at bats. Tatis is slashing at .326/.391/.591… as a 20-year old.