Tatis Starting to Hit Taters For the Padres

After Slow Start, Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Stats Has Him Leading the Padres in Multiple Categories

Fernando Tatís Jr.

Full Name:
Fernando Gabriel Tatís Mediana Jr.
Current Team:
San Diego Padres
Jersey Number:
25 years old (01-02-1999)
Right Fielder
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He is the son of former MLB player Fernando Tatís Sr. Fernando Tatís Jr.

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The 25-Year-Old Fernando Tatis Jr. Showing Off His Power

The San Diego Padres have been touted as a team to keep an eye on and a MLB National League contender in recent seasons. Expectations were a little lower for the Padres and one of its stars, Fernando Tatis Jr.

When looking at Fernando Tatís Jr.’s stats, he leads the Padres in runs, hits, and home runs as the Padres have moved into playoff position despite a .500 record.

There is a chance to make a move with the next 11 games for the Padres coming against teams with winning records.

The Padres are tied for fifth at +2000 in the odds of winning the MLB National League pennant. There are 13 teams ahead of the Padres with odds of winning the World Series.

When it comes to the MLB scores and odds, the Padres are 13th with a .516 winning percentage against the run line this season.

Keep on reading for more on the 25-year-old shortstop turned outfielder who earned MLB Player of the Week recognition for his recent results at the plate.

Tatis Starting to Heat Up

There were some struggles for Tatis in 2023 after he missed all of the 2022 MLB season due to injury. His .257 batting average was the lowest of a four-year run with the Padres.

The Fernando Tatís Jr. stats were pretty impressive in 2021 with 42 home runs, 97 RBIs, 25 stolen bases, and a .282 batting average.

Other than the stolen bases, the other numbers fell off a bit when Tatis returned to the field in 2023. His 91 runs, 25 home runs, and 78 RBIs would be worthy of celebration for many players in the majors but not for somebody as talented as Tatis.

It looked to be more of the same as Tatis headed into May with a .236 batting average and 12 extra-base hits.
Tatis had at least two hits in seven games in May and he began June with a three-hit game.

During a 10-game hitting streak, Tatis was 15-for-40 with two home runs, six runs scored, and five RBIs.

Not A One-Man Show

There were concerns about how much protection that Tatís would have in the lineup after the Padres traded outfielder Juan Soto to the New York Yankees.

Jurickson Profar has been a revelation in his first full season in his second stint with the Padres after spending part of the 2023 season with the Colorado Rockies. He leads the MLB National League with a .424 on-base percentage.

The trade for two-time batting champion Luis Arraez has provided more RBI opportunities for Tatis, with some of the veteran players for San Diego also coming through.

The Padres, 18th in home runs, lead in batting average but barely crack the top 10 in runs scored.

The Padres are in the middle of the MLB team stats with a .255 batting average with the bases loaded and are 25th with a .201 average with runners in scoring position and two outs. Tatis is batting .333 with runners in scoring position and two outs with two of his five hits going for extra bases.

The most disturbing number might be the .406 winning percentage at home this season. The Padres are batting just .224 as a team at Petco Park this season.

San Diego is just 10-21 against the run line at home this season and that includes a 7-16 mark as the home favorite. San Diego covered in 39 of 79 home games during the 2023 season with a 37-35 record as the home favorite.

A Chip Off the Old Block

MLB features second-generation stars like Vlad Guerrero, Bo Bichette, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Tatis making an impact this season.

Tatis recently hit his 114th career regular-season home run in a win over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. That achievement put him ahead of his father, who had 113 home runs in his 11 years in the majors. Furthermore, they are one of the rare father-son duos to both have at least 100 career MLB home runs.

He still has work to catch up to his father in many offensive categories. Notably, Fernando Tatís Sr. played in 949 games in the regular season for five teams from 1997-2003, 2006, and 2008-10.

His last season came in 2010 when he hit two home runs in 41 games for the New York Mets. His best years came with the St. Louis Cardinals. He also hit two grand slams in one inning for the St. Louis Cardinals on April 23, 1999.

Plenty to Play For

In the American League, San Diego’s 32-32 record would have the Padres three games out of the final playoff position. With just four teams in the MLB National League having winning records, the Padres currently hold down one of three wild-card spots and would be in the playoffs if they started right now.

There is little room for error with the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Nationals all within three games of the Padres.

Losing the first two games in the series with the struggling Los Angeles Angels is not going to help San Diego’s playoff hopes and neither will seeing pitchers Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove land on the injured list.

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