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Tatis hits homer in first Winter League at-bat

The Padres' No. 1 prospect hadn't played since thumb surgery in July
November 14, 2018

Fernando Tatis Jr. returned to game action and made an immediate impact for Estrellas de Oriente on Wednesday.The Padres' No. 1 prospect hadn't played since injuring his thumb while playing with Double-A San Antonio on July 19. But he wasted no time showing off his 60-grade power, as he homered

Fernando Tatis Jr. returned to game action and made an immediate impact for Estrellas de Oriente on Wednesday.
The Padres' No. 1 prospect hadn't played since injuring his thumb while playing with Double-A San Antonio on July 19. But he wasted no time showing off his 60-grade power, as he homered on the first pitch of his first at-bat in the Dominican Winter League.

Tatis, 19, struck out in his next at-bat and finished 1-for-2 after drawing a pair of walks.
MLB Pipeline's No. 2 overall prospect fractured his thumb while sliding head first into second base on a steal attempt and missed the rest of the season after undergoing surgery in late July. Prior to the injury, Tatis hit .286/.355/.507 in 88 games.
Tatis got off to a slow start, hitting .177 in April, but he quickly got on a hot streak, hitting .336 in May, .330 in June and .295 in July.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.