Tatis Jr. adds to hot May with three hits

Top Padres prospect scores twice, hikes monthly average to .351

Fernando Tatis Jr. has put together six three-hit games in May after batting .177 in April. (Lance Carter/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun / MiLB.com | May 30, 2018 12:36 AM

As May nears its final days, Fernando Tatis Jr. is squeezing everything he can out of it.

MLB.com's No. 7 overall prospect put together the third three-hit effort in his last seven games and his 12th multi-hit showing of the month, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as Double-A San Antonio beat Tulsa, 11-6, on Tuesday.

Video: San Antonio's Tatis clubs one-out double

Tatis leapfrogged Class A Advanced at the end of last season and started 2018 in Double-A at the age of 19. After taking some time to get acclimated, he's surged over the last four weeks, a trend that continued in his initial at-bat. Leading off the first inning, the shortstop reached on an infield single. After flying to right in a four-run third, Tatis doubled to left in the Missions' two-run fourth, his sixth double in seven games.

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"[In April], I was just trying to do way too much at the plate," Tatis told MiLB.com earlier this month. "Everything was getting into my head, like, 'I've got to do this and I've got to do that.' I talked to my coaches and I realized that anytime I do good in baseball, it's when I just let it go. I just need to let things happen, and it's only a matter of time until things get better."

The Padres' top prospect added his final knock on a single to center in the sixth and walked in the seventh.

The three-hit showing extended Tatis' hitting streak to seven games, during which he's batting .452 (14-for-31) with a homer and a triple in addition to his doubles binge. Through 27 games in May, he's a .351 hitter; in 24 April contests, the son of the former big leaguer batted .177/231/.333 as one of the youngest everyday players in Double-A.

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"I'm just approaching things better now," Tatis said. "For me, when I get to a new level and start learning and learning, I can take the plate and feel like I'm getting better each time up there.

"I've just got to lay off the bad breaking balls and low fastball and keep trying to get better every day. At this point, I'm not trying to think too much. All I want to worry about is getting to the big leagues as soon as I can."

Tatis was one of five Missions with multiple hits Tuesday. Padres No. 27 prospect Austin Allen went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs, while 14th-ranked Josh Naylor went doubled, singled and also drove in three runs. River Stevens was 4-for-4 with a three-run shot. 

Cal Quantrill (3-3), San Diego's No. 4 prospect, gave up five runs -- one earned -- on five hits in five innings for the win. He struck out seven, walked two and lowered his ERA to 4.66.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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