This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Fernando Tatis, Jr. had a horrific start to the season, leading some to foolishly question whether he was truly an elite prospect. Tatis has rebounded in a big way, hitting over .330 since April ended. Tatis is now batting a respectable .283/.358/.516 with 15 home runs and 14 stolen bases for Double-A San Antonio. It must be pointed out that Tatis is also just 19 years of age, so he is among the youngest players at this level, yet he has more than held his own of late. The Padres are in dead last in the NL West, so San Diego will see no need to rush Tatis to the big leagues. That being said, he may have a legitimate shot at winning a starting job out of spring training next season in the majors.
Let's take a look at some other prospects making waves in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Kyle Tucker, OF, HOU – How much longer can the Astros keep Tucker in the minors? At just 21 years of age, Tucker is crushing the ball at Triple-A. He is slashing .304/.371/.512 with 13 home runs, 64 RBI and 14 steals through 79 games at that level. Tucker has the ability to be a five-tool player, with speed, power and the ability to hit for average in his repertoire. The Astros currently have Tony Kemp and Jake Marisnick playing in the outfield, so Tucker could see the big leagues by August.
Roberto Ramos, 1B, COL