Fernando Tatis Jr. started his breakout season in the Midwest League. He ended it in San Diego.
MLB.com's No. 51 overall prospect picked up two hits and drove in a run Saturday night in a 5-2 victory over the Rangers in the Padres' second annual On Deck Game at Petco Park.
Tatis delivered an RBI single and scored on a triple by Padres No. 11 prospect Jorge Ona in a three-run first inning. He later doubled, while Ona singled home No. 17 prospect Jeisson Rosario in the third to open a 4-1 lead.
"It gives you a vision of the future, hopefully," Padres assistant scouting director Chris Kemp told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "And to see these guys in full uniform in this stadium is exciting and motivating for me as a scout to keep wanting to work hard and find more guys."
Tatis spent most of the season with Class A Fort Wayne, where he batted .281/.390/.520 with a team-record 21 homers, 69 RBIs, 29 stolen bases and 78 runs scored in 117 games. The 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic was the first teenager to post a 20/20 season in the Midwest League since Clinton's Nick Franklin in 2010.
In August, the Padres aggressively promoted the son of former Major Leaguer Fernando Tatis to Double-A San Antonio, where he overcame a slow start to post a .255/.281/.327 slash line with a homer, six RBIs and three steals in 14 games. He went on to hit .350 with a homer, five runs scored and two RBIs in five Texas League playoff games.
No. 15 prospect Jacob Nix and No. 7 prospect Michel Baez both gave up a run on four hits with four strikeouts in three innings. Fifth-ranked prospect Adrian Morejon fanned four and allowed one hit in two scoreless frames.