- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 185 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 1/2/1999 (20)
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (back) appears to be on track in his rehab and is scheduled to resume baseball activities in December. Tatis' rookie season came to an end in the middle of August when he suffered a stress reaction in his back. The talented youngster also missed time earlier in the year with a hamstring injury. But when he was on the field, the 20-year-old was electric, hitting .317/.379/.590 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 334 at-bats. The speed and power combination is as good as it gets for a young player at his demanding position. Tatis has one of the highest fantasy ceilings for a middle infielder. He should be ready to go for spring training, barring a setback.
The San Diego Padres intend to open discussions with shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on a long-term contract extension this offseason. The idea would be to buy out Tatis' arbitration years, which would mean a deal of at least six years and likely longer. The superstar shortstop won't turn 21 until Jan. 2, but he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Peter Alonso and Mike Soroka for 2019. Tatis played in just 84 games in his rookie season because of a stress reaction in his back that knocked him out in August. He also had a hamstring strain in April but hit .317 with a .379 on-base percentage, .590 slugging percentage and 4.2 WAR. Tatis was one of four rookies to hit 22 home runs and steal 16 bases, so he'll obviously be highly coveted in fantasy drafts in 2020.
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (back) is going on the 10-day injured list on Friday with a back strain. The National League Rookie Of the Year candidate was hitting a team-high .317, but he suffered back spasms on Tuesday against the Rays. In a corresponding move, infielder Ty France was called up from Triple-A El Paso. He's playing second base and hitting seventh on Friday against Phillies starter Vince Velasquez. It's Tatis' second trip to the injured list this year, as he missed 34 games earlier in the year with a hamstring injury. He's one of the most dynamic young players at a premium position, so he needs to be stashed everywhere. France hit just .235 (23-for-98) with two homers and 10 RBI in 34 games in SD earlier this year, but he was tearing up Triple-A to the tune of a .399/.477/.770 slash line, 27 homers and 89 RBI in 76 games with El Paso. With Ian Kinsler also sidelined by injury, France could see regular playing time and become mixed league relevant down the stretch.