Things are about to heat up in the Dominican Republic with a number of top San Diego Padres prospects set to make their debut.
Prepare yourselves, San Diego Padres fans. Fernando Tatis Jr.highlights are about to return to your social media feeds! The prized prospect of the Padres is set to make his 2018 debut in the Liga de Beisbol Dominicano for Estrellas de Oriente, a team coached by his father Fernando Tatis.
Joining Tatis Jr is fellow top prospect, catcher Francisco Mejia. The two young stars are very big additions to Oriente who has won four-straight games and is currently tied for first place in the six-team league. Per Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the duo will suit up for their first game today.
The excitement doesn’t stop with the second-ranked prospect in baseball and the top-ranked catcher in baseball. Franchy Cordero appeared in his first game of the season yesterday, joining teammate Franmil Reyes in the outfield for the Leones del Escogido. Cordero went 2-4 with a run scored.
Franmil Reyes is putting up an unbelievable stat line.
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Perhaps no hitter on the San Diego Padres roster improved as much as Franmil Reyes did to end the 2018 season. The 6’5″ power-hitter has continued to show this development in the offseason. Through 10 games, Reyes is hitting .389 with two home runs, a .450 on-base percentage, .583 slugging percentage, and a 1.033 OPS. He has seven hits over his last three games and has at least one hit in all but one of his appearances.
To finish up our update from the Dominican Republic, relief pitcher Eric Yardley hit his first bump in the road, giving up four earned runs on four hits in one inning in his last outing. Before that outing, Yardley had given up just one run in 11.1 innings of work, surrendering nine hits and striking out six. Yardley is one of many Padres relievers who should make their major league debut at some point in 2019.
Padres center fielder Manuel Margot has also been added to a Dominican league roster. He is now on the roster for Toros del Este.