Saturday, December 8, 2018

Fantasy Focus: Impact Rookies- Fernando Tatis Jr.

Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS, Padres.  DOB:  1/2/1999.  B-R, T-R.  6'3", 185 lbs.

2018 AA:  .286/.355/.507, 22 2B, 4 3B, 16 HR, 16 SB, 8.4 BB%, 27.7 K%, 394 PA.

If the thought of Franmil Reyes and Franchy Cordero in the Padres lineup for the next few years doesn't get your attention, maybe this kid will.  You will recognize the name as he is the son of a retired MLB player.  Junior is a true SS with size and athleticism.  He was headed for a 20/20 season in AA at age 19 until it was cut short with a fractured thumb that required surgery.  He finished 2017 in AA too so he could well start the 2019 season in AAA.  The Padres don't have a whole lot standing in the way of him taking over the SS position, but I'm sure they will find a reason to keep him down until the requisite service time requirements all line up.  As you can see, the K rate is up there so he may have an adjustment period and SS is a fairly strong position around MLB right now.  He should definitely be owned in deep keeper leagues.

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