Friar talk: The untouchable Fernando Tatis Jr.

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FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member
Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA

Fernando Tatis Jr. is untouchable.

We’ve long suspected as much.

A report out of New York – from’s Andy Martino – on Tuesday confirmed it:

The Padres’ top prospect, indeed, is the face of A.J. Preller’s rebuild and not a chip for another trade.

Martino’s report lines up with the Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee’s recent analysis, revealing that the Mets and Padres have discussed a Noah Syndergaard trade for weeks.

The Padres have balked at Tatis’ inclusion. The two teams, according to Martino, have also discussed catcher Austin Hedges, perhaps a surplus piece now that top prospect Francisco Mejia – the return from last summer’s Brad Hand trade – is major league ready.

Tatis may be right behind Mejia.

The 19-year-old shortstop has returned from his season-ending thumb injury to bat .278/.381/.583 with three homers and seven RBIs through his first 10 games in the Dominican winter league.

Tatis, who turns 20 in January, will be invited to big league camp for a second time and will almost assuredly make his major league debut in 2019.

The question is when.

Having an injury end his season in July will provide a measure of cover when the Padres decide to keep him in the minors long enough to delay free agency for another year. Tatis’ Super Two status may even be a topic of conversation if his debut is pushed into the summer, which could certainly be the case if the 2019 Padres are no better than they were this year.

But Tatis will be a Padre.


Tis the season
Of course, as the incoming face of the franchise, Tatis will be a big draw in Peoria in March when he could see plenty of big league action.

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Last year, Tatis went 9-for-32 with three doubles, a homer, eight RBIs and a 12-to-3 strikeout to walk ratio in 12 Cactus League games.

Catcher Austin Allen, 24, led all catchers in the Arizona Fall League with a.779 OPS to earn an all-team selection. Center fielder Buddy Reed was a runner-up, but neither ranked among’s top-25 prospects in the circuit.

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