Missions' Tatis breaks out power stroke
Fernando Tatis Jr. might not be off to the eye-popping start some expected of him, but he'll be quieting doubters with more performance's like the one he had on Tuesday.The top-ranked Padres prospect recorded his first multi-homer game of the season and made a sparkling defensive play at shortstop in Double-A
The top-ranked Padres prospect recorded his first multi-homer game of the season and made a sparkling defensive play at shortstop in Double-A San Antonio's 5-2, 10-inning loss to Frisco at Nelson Wolff Stadium.
After a promotion to the Texas League last August, Tatis batted .255 with a homer and six RBIs in 14 contests. But MLB.com's No. 8 overall prospect faced some adversity early this season, hitting .183/.192/.296 through 17 games. Tatis raised his average 17 points with the two-homer night.
The 19-year-old grounded out twice but delivered in the sixth inning. With one out, Tatis took the first pitch from Rangers No. 19 prospect
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Half an inning later, Tatis made his mark on the other side of the ball. With runners on the corners and two outs,
It didn't take long for Tatis to impact the game again as he led off the bottom of the ninth by sending
It was just the second time he's gone deep twice in a game, also accomplishing the feat for Class A Fort Wayne last July 12. Tatis has 29 homers and a .815 OPS in 204 Minor League games.
Frisco answered in the 10th as O'Neill delivered a go-ahead RBI double and
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