Fernando Tatis Jr.
19-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
San Diego Padres AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Tatis became the first 18-year-old in the modern era to post a 20-20 season in the Midwest League. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound quick-twitch athlete may have slightly misled dynasty-league owners with his 21-homer, 29-steal campaign. He projects to be a 30-homer threat in the majors, but his steal totals should decline annually as he continues to mature physically. It is extremely rare for players his age to hit for that kind of power at Low-A while also showcasing a quality approach (124:75 K:BB). He could struggle to hit much higher than .275, but given his age, athleticism and aptitude for making adjustments, anything is possible on that front. The same could be said for his ability to stick at shortstop, as many expect him to eventually end up at third base, but such a move is unlikely to be made for at least a couple years. He is on track to enter 2019 alongside another junior (Vladimir Guerrero) as a top-three prospect in baseball. Read Past Outlooks
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Fully healthy
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
October 3, 2018
Tatis (thumb) has been fully cleared to resume baseball activities and is expected to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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While he was surprisingly left off the roster for the Arizona Fall League, Tatis should still play in a competitive winter ball environment this November. He underwent season-ending surgery on his thumb in late July. Tatis figures to open the year in the Pacific Coast League, but it is unclear if the Padres will be willing to start his clock next summer or if they will wait until early 2020 in order to maximize their control over the uber-talented shortstop.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
At the time of the trade, it seemed that the Padres were simply getting salary relief and a low-level minor league throw-in from the White Sox for James Shields. Now, general manager A.J. Preller can point to his acquisition of Tatis as one of his best moves in what has been a calendar year full of excellent maneuvers. He was an above-average hitter as a 17-year-old in both the Arizona and Northwest leagues last year, and is still just scratching the surface of his potential. Tatis is already 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, so he will likely grow out of shortstop, but his bat should be good enough for him to profile as at least an average regular at third base. So far he has shown more speed than power, but that will not be the case for much longer. Tatis could offer 25-30 homer pop as he continues to mature physically. His future value will hinge on the continued development of his bat, but he is well ahead of schedule.
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Surgery scheduled for Tuesday
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
Thumb
July 23, 2018
Tatis (thumb) will will undergo season-ending surgery on his thumb Tuesday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.
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Likely done for year
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
Thumb
July 20, 2018
Tatis is expected to require surgery on his fractured thumb which will keep him out for the rest of the season, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Prognosis on thumb not good
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
Thumb
July 20, 2018
Tatis is unlikely to return quickly after injuring his thumb while sliding into second base in a Double-A game Thursday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.
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Exits with apparent injury
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
Wrist
July 19, 2018
Tatis exited his game Thursday with Double-A San Antonio due to an apparent left thumb injury.
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3BSan Diego Padres  AA
July 2, 2018
Tatis went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs Saturday for Double-A San Antonio in its 4-3 loss to Northwest Arkansas.
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