San Diego Padres prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. and Franmil Reyes are in the midst of very impressive winter league performances.
Fernando Tatis Jr.is healthy and ready to make some serious noise in 2019. The second-ranked prospect in baseball isn’t the only San Diego Padres hitter making noise in winter ball, with Franmil Reyes and Michael Gettys also bringing a big stick with them on their travels down south (and across the globe in Gettys’ case).
Sitting in a three-way tie for first place in the Liga de Beisbol Dominicano, Estrellas Orientales received a big boost in their lineup just over a week ago with the additions of Fernando Tatis Jr (his dad is coaching Orientales) and top Padres catching prospect Francisco Mejia.
In his eight games with Oriente, Tatis Jr is hitting .286 with three home runs and seven RBIs. He has added one double and three stolen bases to pair with his .412 OBP, .643 slugging percentage and 1.055 OPS. I think it is safe to say that his thumb is fully healed. His early success in the Dominican winter league only builds more anticipation for spring training 2019 for Padres fans.
The real story of this offseason has been Franmil Reyes. The Franimal is hitting .444 through 13 games with a .510 OBP and a 1.199 OPS. In 45 at-bats, Reyes has three home runs, two doubles, and has an 11/5 K/BB ratio. Six of his last 10 games have been multi-hit performances. He is making a very convincing case to be the everyday starting right fielder in San Diego.
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Playing in the same outfield with Reyes is Padres teammate Franchy Cordero. Cordero hasn’t been as impressive but is hitting .289 with three doubles and a home run in nine games. The stats that stick out the most with Cordero are his 13 strikeouts and zero walks. This is his first action since his season ended prematurely with an arm injury. Ideally, Cordero begins to show a little more patience at the plate and enters spring training on a positive note as he competes for a starting spot in next year’s outfield.
One last big note from around the San Diego Padres winter ball scene, outfielder Michael Gettys put on quite the show in Australia yesterday. Gettys went 3-5 with three home runs and five RBIs for the Adelaide Bite. In eight games, Gettys is hitting .357 with four home runs, 10 RBIs, and 10 runs scored. He has an OPS of 1.188. The former second-round pick of the Padres is coming off a 2018 season with the San Antonio Missions that saw him hit 15 home runs with 22 doubles and steal 17 bases.
We will have a full breakdown of all San Diego Padres players playing winter ball across the globe later this week.