Tatis went 3-for-5 with a double, walk and two runs for Double-A San Antonio in its 11-6 win over Tulsa on Tuesday.
After a rough first month of the season, Tatis has adjusted to Texas League pitching in a major way and now looks like one of the top hitters on the circuit. Over 27 May contests, Tatis is slashing .351/.427/.649 and has totaled 20 extra-base hits (six home runs) to go with five stolen bases. Tatis' accomplishments are rendered more impressive by the fact that the 19-year-old is one of the youngest everyday players at his level. The Padres don't have much incentive to promote Tatis to the big club this season, but he appears poised to earn a full-time role with the Friars at some point in 2019.
Tatis went 2-for-4 with two home runs and one strikeout Tuesday for Double-A San Antonio.
He is now hitting .333/.441/.719 with five home runs and a 20:8 K:BB in 57 at-bats in May after hitting just .177 with 34 strikeouts in 96 at-bats in April. Tatis is still very firmly entrenched as a top 10 prospect for dynasty leagues, as he is the youngest player in the Texas League and is starting to showcase his impressive offensive potential. His 31.4 percent strikeout rate might worry some owners, but most of his contemporaries are two levels below him at Low-A right now, while he is at Double-A with a .242 ISO.
Tatis went 3-for-7, drove in three runs and scored twice for Double-A San Antonio in its 13-6 victory over Frisco on Thursday.
Tatis finished a home run shy of the cycle, padding his extra-base hit total to 14 over 123 plate appearances in the Texas League. Due to a 30.9 percent strikeout rate and .268 BABIP -- his worst marks as a professional -- Tatis has gotten off to a disappointing .212/.268/.442 start to the campaign, but his recent form has offered encouragement. Thursday's three-hit performance was Tatis' second in three May contests, with the 19-year-old picking up half of his extra-base hits on the season during that stretch.
Tatis went 2-for-4 with two home runs Tuesday for Double-A San Antonio against Frisco.
He only had five extra-base hits prior to this outburst, and while his slash line (.200/.208/.387) is still a little ugly, he seems to be turning things around. It's rare for a player to get to Double-A as a 19-year-old and have immediate success, particularly when that player skipped High-A completely, like Tatis did. There will be some adjustments for him to make this year against more advanced pitching, but the numbers should be there at the end of the campaign. He is poised to enter 2019 as a top-three prospect for dynasty leagues.
Tatis went 2-for-6 with two runs scored for Double-A San Antonio in the club's 10-5 win over Midland on Thursday.
After a dazzling 2017 campaign at Low-A Fort Wayne, Tatis received a late-season cameo with the Double-A affiliate and held his own, prompting the Padres to have their top prospect skip the High-A level entirely. Tatis has had a tougher go in his return to San Antonio this season, but he seems to be finding his comfort zone after an 0-for-12 start. Over his subsequent 10 starts, Tatis has turned in four multi-hit performances, though making consistent contact has been an issue. Tatis has a 32.2 percent strikeout rate over his 59 plate appearances, an eight-point increase from his 2017 mark in the Midwest League.
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