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I saw that both Razzball and Imaginary Brick Wall had both ranked Fernando Tatis Jr. as the top fantasy SS prospect in their end of season positional rankings (http://razzball.com/prospect-rankings-to

Nailed it

I'll be impressed when he hits 2 grand slams in 1 inning, minus the roids, of course.

40 minutes ago, Baseball Jonze said:

Headfirst sliding claims another one.  Don't know why orgs don't forbid it. 

 

*inserts video of Jose Reyes' feet-first, ankle-shattering slide*

(i don't actually want to watch it again lol)

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Tatis hurt the thumb on a stolen base attempt. He will be re-evaluated on Friday to determine the extent of the injury. Tatis Jr. is just 19 but the feeling has been that he could have a shot to debut later this season. Obviously, the thumb injury could impact that if it turns out to be serious.

 

Uh...what?

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7 hours ago, MireLurker said:

 

*inserts video of Jose Reyes' feet-first, ankle-shattering slide*

(i don't actually want to watch it again lol)

While this can happen the number of sprained/torn thumb ligaments sliding headfirst dwarf leg first slide injuries.

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Here is a list of the top SS’s in terms of wRC+ at the AA level while 20 years of age and younger going as far back as Fangraphs has data (2006):

- Javier Baez – 180 (2013)
- Corey Seager – 154 (2014)
- Xander Bogaerts – 153 (2013)
- Addison Russell – 148 (2014)
- Amed Rosario – 142 (2016)
- Gleyber Torres – 138 (2017
 - Willy Adames – 135 (2016)
- Fernando Tatis – 129 (2018) *
- JP Crawford – 121 (2015)
- Bo Bichette – 118 (2018)
- Francisco Lindor – 109 (2014)
- Brendan Rodgers – 104 (2017
- Cole Tucker – 101 (2017
- Carter Kieboom – 97 (2018)
- Tyler Pastornicky – 94 (2010)
- Elvis Andrus – 93 (2008) *
- Jose Ramirez – 88 (2013)
- Alen Hansen – 86 (2013)
- Chris Owings – 84 (2012)
- Jonathan Villar – 83 (2011)
- Jose Iglesias – 82 (2010)
- Richard Urena – 81 (2016)
- Alcides Escobar – 78 (2007)
- Freddy Galvis – 58 (2010)
- Ian Desmond – 23 (2006)
 

* indicates a player younger than 20, in this case, both Tatis Jr. and Elvis Andrus were both 19. Also, note that Bo Bichette and Carter Kieboom are still playing this season.

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I get all the love for Tatis Jr. It's obvious the guy has elite talent. But what about his 25.5% K%? Also, he just turned age 20. I'm not so sure I would rush him up to the majors on a team that can't contend in 2019. I really would like to see Tatis Jr play at AAA and hit above .300 and lower his K%. That is something that he could actually work on. I get the allure of his tremendous potential, but I think it makes sense to have him work on this in the minors for 1 more year. Bottom-line is that I want Tatis Jr. to reach his full potential rather than rush him up before he is fully developed. IMHO one more year of baseball maturity would make him even better before he gets called up to the majors.

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18 hours ago, BCMarch10 said:

I get all the love for Tatis Jr. It's obvious the guy has elite talent. But what about his 25.5% K%? Also, he just turned age 20. I'm not so sure I would rush him up to the majors on a team that can't contend in 2019. I really would like to see Tatis Jr play at AAA and hit above .300 and lower his K%. That is something that he could actually work on. I get the allure of his tremendous potential, but I think it makes sense to have him work on this in the minors for 1 more year. Bottom-line is that I want Tatis Jr. to reach his full potential rather than rush him up before he is fully developed. IMHO one more year of baseball maturity would make him even better before he gets called up to the majors.

Playing in the PCL is not gonna help him all that much. Given the Pads team/situation he'd gain much more by learning on the job in the bigs--provided he shows well in ST and the first month or two of the minor league season.

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On ‎1‎/‎5‎/‎2019 at 7:31 PM, BCMarch10 said:

I get all the love for Tatis Jr. It's obvious the guy has elite talent. But what about his 25.5% K%? Also, he just turned age 20. I'm not so sure I would rush him up to the majors on a team that can't contend in 2019. I really would like to see Tatis Jr play at AAA and hit above .300 and lower his K%. That is something that he could actually work on. I get the allure of his tremendous potential, but I think it makes sense to have him work on this in the minors for 1 more year. Bottom-line is that I want Tatis Jr. to reach his full potential rather than rush him up before he is fully developed. IMHO one more year of baseball maturity would make him even better before he gets called up to the majors.

probably won't ever hit .300.

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2019 Steamer projections: 353 PA, 10 HR, 9 SB, 25 BB, 100 K, .233 BA, .293 OBP, .681 OPS

So this line suggests it will take 2-3 more years for a valid fantasy baseball breakout to occur.

Of course nobody has a crystal ball that is 100% accurate...

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Ranked #1 on Keith Law's list that came out today. His list isn't fantasy focused and I think he's just trying to be the one guy who goes against the grain and doesn't have Vlad Jr #1. But still it's good for Tatis Jr to even be in the conversation with that future star.

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15 hours ago, bradwatson said:

Ranked #1 on Keith Law's list that came out today. His list isn't fantasy focused and I think he's just trying to be the one guy who goes against the grain and doesn't have Vlad Jr #1. But still it's good for Tatis Jr to even be in the conversation with that future star.

 

Could just be Keith being contrary as you noted but as a Tatis owner I'm pretty happy to see him mentioned with Vlad.  Both players are in good team situations where there shouldn't be too much media pressure or team weirdness. 

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Not surprising Law has him #1, Law was one of the first guys really in on Tatis. He had him in his top 50 in January 2017, while Tatis was still someone outside of most publications’ t100 at that time.

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Law is big into ranking based on your position you play as well. A special SS bat vs a special bat that may end up being a 1B in Vlad is the situation amongst the two at the top. Based on Tatis' likely ability to stay at SS he has him ranked higher. Very reasonable

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