Tatis (mouth) is starting at shortstop and batting second in Friday's spring game against the Brewers. Tatis missed some time after having his wisdom teeth removed last week but has returned to game action over the last couple days. The 20-year-old has a .960 OPS over 26 at-bats in spring training and has a good chance to make his major-league debut in 2019, but is likely ticketed to begin the season at Triple-A after spending last year at Double-A.
Tatis will miss a few days after having his wisdom teeth removed Friday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The highly rated prospect has impressed thus far in camp, recording a 1.127 OPS with a pair of homers in 25 plate appearances. The dental procedure is unlikely to have a significant impact on his readiness for the start of the regular season. Despite his hot start to the spring, he isn't expected to break camp in the big leagues as he's yet to play above Double-A, but he'll have a good shot to debut at some point over the summer.
Tatis went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks. Tatis and Aderlin Rodriguez went back-to-back in the ninth inning to tie the game at 5-5, which is how it ended. The youngster has now gone yard in consecutive games, flashing the potential that has earned him recognition as one of the top prospects in the game. Tatis is still expected to open the season in the minors.
Tatis went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during Tuesday's spring win over the Brewers. Tatis made his second start of spring training and hit his first home run off Chase Anderson during the third inning. The Padres' top prospect is expected to make his major-league debut in 2019, though he's likely to begin the season in the minors as the Padres look to maximize team control.
Tatis is expected to make his major-league debut in 2019, though he'll likely open the season with Triple-A El Paso, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. While general manager AJ Preller noted that Tatis is expected to compete for a starting role in spring training, the youngster will likely open the season in the minors as the Padres look to maximize their control over him. That said, it sounds like the soon-to-be 20-year-old could take over as San Diego's starting shortstop after spending just a month or two with El Paso assuming he continues to excel at the highest level of the minors after facing little resistance as one of the youngest hitters in the Texas League in 2018 (.286/.355/.507 with 16 homers and 16 steals in 88 games for Double-A San Antonio).
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