Fernando Tatis Jr. has hit the large leagues before nearly everybody anticipated. The San Diego Padres put Tatis on their Opening Day roster and the 20-year-old shortstop seems like he’s prepared for the problem. Right here’s a have a look at the affect he’ll make on fantasy baseball.
Tatis is a reputable five-tool participant who must be owned in all leagues. The Padres are going to provide him each alternative to play each day this season. Even when he struggles, the Friars seemingly received’t ship him again right down to the minor leagues. He simply does an excessive amount of on the sector to shuttle him up and down all yr.
Tatis has a ton of energy and makes contact at an honest fee. He’ll seemingly bat within the back-half of the Padres batting order (sixth might be his candy spot) however he ought to have loads of alternatives to create runs of their revamped offense. He additionally has elite pace and may steal some bases.
In 88 video games at Double-A final yr, Tatis hit .286, with 16 dwelling runs, 43 RBI, 22 doubles and an OPS of .862. He additionally stole 16 bases in 21 makes an attempt. That got here regardless of being 19 years outdated and practically 5 years youthful than the common participant within the Texas League.
Tatis’ season was minimize quick by a damaged thumb, however he healed up sufficient to play extraordinarily properly within the Dominican Winter League. He led his staff, Estrellas de Oriente, to its first title in 51 years.
In spring coaching this yr, Tatis confirmed he belonged. He slashed .265//345/.490 with two dwelling runs, 4 RBI and two stolen bases. He additionally performed wonderful protection.
Tatis is nearly actually taken in all keeper leagues, however he’s value a pickup and bench stash in common codecs. He’s received to be thought-about among the many favorites for Nationwide League Rookie of the Yr, although it might take him a while to get acclimated.