TinCaps provide a glimpse of Padres' future

Top prospects Tatis, Potts and Allen produce big nights in romp

Fernando Tatis Jr. is 19-for-48 (.396) with 10 runs scored during an 11-game hitting streak. (Andrew Woolley/Four Seam Images)

By Michael Peng / MiLB.com | May 17, 2017 12:08 AM ET

With several of San Diego's top prospects starting the season with Class A Fort Wayne, it's a good place to get a glimpse of the Padres' future. On Tuesday, a few of them showed what could be in store for the franchise.

Sixth-ranked prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr. and No. 12 Hudson Potts both went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs, while 17th-ranked Logan Allen turned in his third scoreless outing in five tries as the TinCaps topped Lansing, 11-4, at Cooley Law School Stadium.

"I think people have been waiting to see these guys kind of bust out and show what they are made of and why they are highly touted prospects," Fort Wayne manager Anthony Contreras said. "Everything just kind of blended very well today and we got good play from both sides."

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A night after recording three hits, Tatis Jr. led off the game with a double to center field to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He scored two batters later and Potts, who went 4-for-5 on Monday, followed with a double to center.

"For Tatis to come up and drill that double to pick up right where we left off, it just gives the whole team momentum," Contreras said. "And to score -- even if was just one run -- in the first, it just shows that everything is kind of clicking right now and it gives a little cushion for Logan to go out there and throw his game."

Tatis added an RBI double to right in the second before hitting a solo homer to left-center in the sixth. Potts led off the third with a homer to left-center and added a two-run double to right in the fourth.

"You can see there's a little more bounce in their steps today," Contreras said. "Anytime you can get three, four hits in a game, you're going to feel a little more confident. And when that happens, you just have to ride that wave because it won't last forever.

"I told these guys that [getting hot] is just like a slump. You've got to stay focused throughout the whole game, even if we are up by a lot. It's easy to throw at-bats away because you can get greedy and go away from your approach, but these guys have been doing a great job all year and sticking with it the whole time."

Tatis raised his batting average from .213 prior to the hitting streak to .275, while Potts upped his by 39 points in a two-day span.

While the TinCaps were putting crooked numbers up on the scoreboard, Allen limited the Lugnuts to three hits and a walk while striking out six.

"These guys are a good hitting team. He was just getting ahead early and he was able to utilize his curveball and his changeup," Contreras said. "That kind of kept these guys off-balance. And when he does that and all the pitches are working, he's pretty hard to hit."

The 19-year-old left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.80 and WHIP to 0.97 after turning in a hitless outing on April 20 and a scoreless start on May 3.

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"At this level, if you can command multiple pitches like that, most likely you're going to have some good outings," Contreras said. "He's realizing that. He knows he doesn't have to nitpick like he did last year and his pitch efficiency was something that got him in trouble. He's able to attack hitters more now and get after them and use his defense behind him. When you can do that, you stay in the game longer and you can have five-plus-inning outings."

The TinCaps also got three hits from Reinaldo Ilarraza and two apiece from Padres No. 29 prospect Eguy Rosario, G.K. Young and Marcus Green, Jr.

"This is a young and energetic group," Contreras said. "We have one of the youngest teams in baseball, and anytime you get some good things happening like that, these kids turn back into Little Leaguers again, just jumping around and being excited. It's kind of contagious when you get that kind of atmosphere in the dugout, and these guys are riding that good wave right now and it's been fun to watch them play."

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

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