Fernando Tatis Jr., the number one baseball player, has set the opening day for San Diego Padres, according to ESPN's Keith Law, his father told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
Fernando Tatis played eleven seasons in the big leagues, saying his son called him on Tuesday to inform him of the Padres' decision.
"He is very happy about it," said Tatis. "He was very excited, I'm very happy."
The elder Tatis said his son had called after Padres preseason play in Seattle. As the Padres flew back to San Diego, the elder Tatis made arrangements for him and the rest of the family to travel to San Diego on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.
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"We have to be there for his first game," he said.
The Athletic first reported that Tatis Jr. had set up the opening day squad. The officials did not respond to the request for comment.
At the beginning of the year in the majors, Tatis Jun will take an early leap towards free agency. A player needs six years of service to qualify for a free agency. Teams often keep their top prospects in the minor leagues for at least 15 days in order to keep them under control for another year. However, the Padres have said that the prospects will be held solely because of their merit in the big league, and Tatis Jr. showed his remarkable skills during spring training.
He encountered this spring with two homers and four RBIs .265. He scored 286 with 16 homers and 43 RBIs and scored 16 stolen bases in Double-A San Antonio last season, the highest level he had played with minors.
Tatis Jr. will be 20 years and 85 days old on Thursday. He was the youngest player in Padres history to start on opening day and the youngest MLB player to do so since Adrian Beltre, the Was 19 years old, 363 days old when he started in 1999 on the third base of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres fans were already supported by the signing of Manny Machado for a $ 10 million 10-year contract, and now the younger Tatis will play alongside him.
said. "It will be great because it is a great help for him to play next to Manny, I think it will be a great combination, third and smaller, I do not think many balls will go through the third base and shortstop because of them The left side of the infield will be amazing. "
Tatis was defeated on June 4, 2016 by Chicago White Sox for right-handed James Shields as part of General Manager AJ's rebellion following a successful attempt with high-priced veterans in 2015 fail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.