Fernando Tatis Jr.
Fernando Tatis Jr.
20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Diego Padres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Tatis has had a lot of success (133 wRC+ at Double-A as a 19-year-old) relative to age and level, but there are red flags in his profile that are not shared by the game's other elite prospects. He has a 27.9% strikeout rate at Double-A and only 26.7% of his hits went to the opposite field last year. His physical gifts can't be taught (easy plus power, above-average speed and athleticism) and he didn't turn 20 until Jan. 2, but his approach undeniably needs some work. Tatis could eventually provide Trevor Story-esque production at shortstop, but there will likely be some bumps along the road against big-league pitching. He missed the final six weeks of 2018 with a broken thumb, but was ready for winter ball and will open 2019 at Triple-A. The Padres say they will keep him on a fast track, but unless there is significant skills growth with his approach, he should not be expected to hit for a high average against big-league pitching if he debuts this summer. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $555,000 contract with the Padres in March of 2019.
Jumps to leadoff spot
SSSan Diego Padres
April 18, 2019
Tatis is starting at shortstop and hitting leadoff Thursday against the Reds.
ANALYSIS
Tatis is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak during which he's slashing .409/.417/.773 with a pair of homers and a pair of doubles. As such, the Padres will reward the youngster will a spot atop the order, marking the first time the rookie is hitting above fifth. Should he continue to excel at the dish, Tatis could solidify himself as San Diego's primary leadoff man.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
10
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+71%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+71%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.400 15 4 1 2 0 .400 .600 .800
Since 2017vs Right .818 57 5 4 10 1 .259 .281 .537
2019vs Left 1.400 15 4 1 2 0 .400 .600 .800
2019vs Right .818 57 5 4 10 1 .259 .281 .537
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+74%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+74%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .680 35 3 1 3 1 .242 .286 .394
Since 2017Away 1.180 37 6 4 9 0 .323 .405 .774
2019Home .680 35 3 1 3 1 .242 .286 .394
2019Away 1.180 37 6 4 9 0 .323 .405 .774
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Fernando Tatis Jr. compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.23
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
30.6%
 
BABIP
.342
 
ISO
.297
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.347
 
SLG
.578
 
OPS
.925
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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.
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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Goes yard in loss
SSSan Diego Padres
April 14, 2019
Tatis went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Padres' 8-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
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Launches fourth homer
SSSan Diego Padres
April 13, 2019
Tatis went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
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Sits for first time
SSSan Diego Padres
April 10, 2019
Tatis is on the bench for the first time this season Wednesday against the Giants.
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Continues flashing power
SSSan Diego Padres
April 8, 2019
Tatis went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in Monday's 6-5 win over the Giants.
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Strokes second homer
SSSan Diego Padres
April 5, 2019
Tatis went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in San Diego's 5-3 victory over the Cardinals on Friday.
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