Thanks to a recent move by the Padres, the Texas League just got even more exciting. On Sunday, the Fernando Tatis, Jr. was promoted from low-A Fort Wayne to double-A San Antonio. The promotion was first reported by Keith Law on Sunday afternoon.
The 18-year old infielder is universally ranked among the top prospects in Major League Baseball.
- #58 by MLB Pipeline (#1 amongst Padres position players)
- #15 in Keith Law's mid-season Top 50
- #22 in Baseball Prospectus' mid-season Top 50
- #26 in Fangraphs' Summer Top 100
- #101 in Baseball America's Midseason Top 100
Earlier this month he made Midwest League history and broke a Tincaps record for single-season home runs after hitting his 21st of the year. In addition to that, he scored a total of 78 runs, collected a nice 69 RBI, and stole 29 bases. He posted a slash line of .281/.390/.520 in 117 games with the Tincaps, but his production really ramped up in the second half of this season, when he hit .311/.458/.650 to help Fort Wayne go 35-20 and compete for a spot in the playoffs.
Thanks to the @TinCaps and fans of Fort Wayne ,had a great time playing here still pushing for my boys that for shure are making play off— Fernando Tatis Jr. (@tatis_jr) August 21, 2017
Unfortunately for those of us in Southern California who had hoped to see Tatis in Lake Elsinore at some point, he's skipping high-A and going straight to Double-A. He joins a Missions team that led the Texas League in the first half and have already clinched a spot in the playoffs. He'll be making his San Antonio debut in front of his new home crowd this evening as they take on Frisco Rough riders (you can catch that game on MiLB.TV starting at 5:05 pm PT).