Fernando Tatis Jr. is a professional baseball player who currently plays shortstop for the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a two-time MLB All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award, and finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2020. He is also known for his incredible speed, athleticism, and power at the plate, making him one of the most exciting players in the league. Get all of the latest Fernando Tatis Jr. news here!
Fernando Tatis Jr. was born on January 2, 1999, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He is the son of former MLB player Fernando Tatis Sr. and grew up around the game of baseball. Tatis Jr. started playing in the minor leagues in 2016 after signing with the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent. In 2018, he was traded to the Padres and made his MLB debut on March 28, 2019.
Tatis Jr. quickly became one of the most exciting players in the league, known for his incredible speed, athleticism, and power at the plate. He is a five-tool player, meaning he has excellent skills in hitting for power and average, fielding, throwing, and running.
In his rookie season, Tatis Jr. hit .317 with 22 home runs and 16 stolen bases in just 84 games. He finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. In 2020, he finished fourth in the National League MVP voting after hitting .277 with 17 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 59 games.
Tatis Jr. signed a 14-year, $340 million contract extension with the Padres in 2021, which is the third-largest contract in MLB history. He is considered one of the brightest young stars in the game and is expected to be a dominant force in the league for years to come.