Fernando Gabriel Tatis Jr...son of former 11-year MLB veteran infielder Fernando Tatis...originally signed by White Sox scout Miguel Peguero.
Spent the majority of the season with Fort Wayne (A) and became the first 18-year-old in Midwest League history to post a 20-20 season (21 HR, 29 SB)...His 21 home runs set a Fort Wayne record and he led the Midwest League in walks (75) and on-base percentage (.390) while hitting .281 (121-for-431) and collecting 68 RBI and 29 steals in 117 games for the TinCaps...Earned Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star honors and was twice named Midwest League Player of the Week (5/15-21 and 6/26-7/2)...Named a Minor League and Low Class A All-Star by Baseball America and an Organizational All-Star for San Diego by MiLB.com...Recorded a career-high 15-game hitting streak from 5/4-20, hitting .410 (25-for-61) with five doubles, two triples, four home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored over the stretch...Homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career on 6/10-11 vs. Lansing...Stole a career-high three stolen bases on 7/9 vs. Lansing, recording five stolen bases in a three-game span...Three days later, recorded his first career multi-home run game on 7/12 at Burlington along with a career-high five RBI...Promoted to San Antonio (AA) on 8/21 and was the youngest player in the Texas League by season's end...finished the Missions' regular season on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .255 (14-for-55) overall in his 14 Texas League games...Received his first postseason action in the Texas League playoffs, starting in all five games and hitting .350 (7-for- 20) with a double, a home run, two RBI and five runs scored...Following the season, was drafted first overall in the Dominican Republic Winter League Draft by Estrellas Orientales where he started off hitting .400 (6-for-15) through his first five games before hitting .246 overall (14-for-57) in 17 games...Named the best power hitter by Baseball America following the season...Entered 2018 rated as the No. 3 prospect in baseball by ESPN.com, No. 8 by MLB.com and No. 9 by Baseball America.
Made his professional debut with the AZL Padres (R) and hit .273 (48-for-176) in 43 games before also hitting .273 (12-for-44) in 12 games for Tri-City (A)...Recorded multi-hit efforts in 10 of his first 17 professional games from 6/22-7/13, hitting .342 (25-for-73)...Collected just five multi-hit efforts in his next 26 games from 7/14-8/18, hitting .223 (23-for-103)...Assigned to Tri-City on 8/19 and hit safely in eight of his 12 games.