San Diego Padres top prospect, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., will open the 2019 season in the big leagues. Dennis Lin of The Athletic first reported the news on Tuesday night.
It’s an unfortunate blow for fans of the El Paso Chihuahuas, who were hoping Tatis would get sent to the Sun City for at least the first portion of the season, but Tatis proved throughout Spring Training that he’s ready for The Show.
At just 20 years of age, Tatis will become the youngest player since 1999 to make his MLB debut on Thursday against the Giants in San Diego. He’s expected to help lead San Diego to prominence as one of the top players in a loaded San Diego farm system.
Other top Padres prospects who will be joining Tatis in San Diego include Francisco Mejia and Franmil Reyes. Infielder Luis Urias will start the season with the Chihuahuas, but a quick call-up could be coming for one of baseball’s top 30 prospects.