Can Fernando Tatis Jr., a colleague and competitor of Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), show his power two years ago? MLB.com predicted he would hit the most home runs on the team this year.
On the 5th (Korean time), MLB.com predicted the players who hit the most home runs in the 30 major league teams. Players who nodded from each team were mentioned.
In the American League, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees predicted to become the home run king for the second consecutive year with 44 homers, and in the National League, the New York Mets giants Pete Alonso and the Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Schwaber predicted to hit 39 each.
There are players who are interested. San Diego infielder Tatis Jr., who couldn’t stand in front of fans last season, is the main character. MLB.com said, “Tatis Jr. hit 42 homers in 2021. I can’t forget it.”
Tatis Jr., who debuted in the big leagues wearing a San Diego uniform in 2019. In 84 games that year, he left a strong ginseng with a batting average of .317, 22 homers, 53 RBIs, a slugging percentage of .590, and OPS of .969.
In 2020, which was a shortened season due to the Corona 19 pandemic, he posted a batting average of 2.7, 7, 17 homers and 45 RBIs in 59 games. That year he won the National League Silver Slugger.
He jumped further in his third year in the big leagues. In 130 games, he had a batting average of 2.8 2.42 home runs, 97 RBIs, an OPS of .975 and a slugging percentage of .611. He was voted an All-Star for the first time and won the Silver Slugger for the second year in a row.
It seemed that he would completely solidify his position as San Diego’s main shortstop. His path, which seemed to shine brightly, was cut off in 2022. During the 2022 offseason, he injured his wrist in a motorcycle accident, and was even punished for taking a banned substance and missed the entire season. 안전놀이터
Before the 2021 season, San Diego signed a large contract with Tatis Jr. for up to $340 million in 14 years. He showed great expectations. But he was a disappointment.
This year is the season for the much-criticized Tatis Jr. to return. In a recent interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, a local media outlet in San Diego, USA, he said, “This is the first time I have been away from the team. “I suffered a big failure last year. I felt a lot.”
He continued, “I know what people are talking about and how they will accept it. It is up to me how to approach and accept it.” If I
return this year, I will have to compete with Xander Bogatz. This season, Kim Ha-seong is expected to play mainly as a second baseman, but also prepares for a shortstop. Tatis Jr. has many competitors. Nevertheless, MLB.com predicted that Tatis Jr. would hit the most home runs on the team with 35 this year.