SAN DIEGO -- Fernando Tatis Jr. jumpstarted the Padres' prospects to a 5-2 victory against Rangers Minor Leaguers on Saturday night at Petco Park, as the organizations wrapped up Instructional League play with the Padres On Deck Game.Tatis, San Diego's No. 4 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, went 2-for-4 with an
SAN DIEGO -- Fernando Tatis Jr. jumpstarted the Padres' prospects to a 5-2 victory against Rangers Minor Leaguers on Saturday night at Petco Park, as the organizations wrapped up Instructional League play with the Padres On Deck Game.
Tatis, San Diego's No. 4 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored. In a breakout season, Tatis, still a teenager at 18, posted a 20-20 season with Class A Fort Wayne before jumping to Double-A San Antonio. He brought that success to Petco Park.
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"I've been working hard," Tatis said. "People say I'm only 18, but I don't think I play this game like I'm 18 years old. I work harder than an 18-year-old. I really focus just on my job and try to do the best for my team.
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"Being able to do something and show something over here at Petco, it's very cool."
With one out in the first against the Rangers' No. 6 prospect Cole Ragans, Esteury Ruiz, the 30th-ranked Padres prospect, doubled into the left-field corner. Tatis then smashed a single to left, scoring Ruiz and putting the Padres ahead, 1-0.
No. 11 prospect Jorge Ona followed with an RBI triple and scored on Tirso Ornelas' groundout for a 3-0 lead.
Ragans recovered, retiring the final five batters he faced. Hans Crouse, Texas' No. 7 prospect, allowed a run on four hits, getting all six outs in his two innings pitched via strikeout.
In the fifth, Tatis sent a booming double off the right-field wall, missing a home run by a few feet. He came home two batters later on Orlenas' single to left.
Meanwhile, San Diego's pitching was dominant. Right-hander Jacob Nix, the team's 15th-ranked prospect, started and went three innings. The only run he allowed came on a bases-loaded error by Ruiz at second on a ball that could've easily become an inning-ending double play.
Lefty Adrian Morejon, San Diego's No. 5 prospect, followed Nix with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Righty Michel Baez matched Nix, giving up one run over three innings. Baez shot up San Diego's system to No. 7 during the season, in which he posted a 2.54 ERA and struck out 89 batters in 63 2/3 innings.
"Baez had done incredible things this year," said Tatis, who spent most of the season with Baez in Fort Wayne. "I feel like I was seeing something special, something like Pedro [Martinez]."
For the Rangers, No. 5 prospect Bubba Thompson went 1-for-4, No. 20 prospect Pedro Gonzalez added two hits and No. 27 prospect Matt Whatley smacked an RBI triple. Charles Leblanc, batting fifth, went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored.
Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.