How Good can Fernando Tatis Jr. Be?

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The San Diego Padres have not made it to the playoffs since the 2006 season. They have a 38-53 record to start the 2018 season and the Padres are on pace to miss the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season. San Diego has a pretty good farm system, including shortstop prospect, Frenando Tatis Jr.

He is only 19 years old. Tatis Jr. was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an international prospect on July 2, 2015. Tatis Jr. was then traded to the San Diego Padres system in part of a trade that sent pitcher James Shield to the Chicago White Sox in June 2016.

Tatis Jr. is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. He is the top ranked prospect in the San Diego Padres farm system and Tatis Jr. is the third best prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB.com.

His father, Fernando Tatits played in the MLB for 11 seasons for the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Mets.

Tatis Jr., is currently playing for the San Antonio Missions in Double-A. In 81 games played, his batting average is .291 with 15 homeruns and 39 RBI’s, along with 14 stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .363.

Tatis Jr. has the potential to be a homerun hitter at the major league level and hit for a high average. He also has some speed and has a good eye at the plate. The San Diego Padres current shortstop is Freddy Galvis. He is 28 years old and I don’t think Galvis is in their future plans.

Tatis Jr. has the potential to be a gold glove shortstop as well. He could also make several All-Star Game appearances as well. Speaking of All-Star Game appearances, Tatis Jr. will be playing in the MLB Future’s Game next Sunday, July 15, at 4 p.m. at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Tatis Jr. in Triple-A with the El Paso Chihuahuas by the end of the year, but the odds are he will stay in Double-A for the entire season. Most likely Tatis Jr. will start in Triple-A for the 2019 season and then he will be called up to the big leagues by either May or June.

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