Fernando Tatis Jr. is just unreal. The San Diego Padres shortstop continues to prove he’s an absolute monster at the plate with a mind-boggling three home run game. Oh, and he put that crooked number in just four innings.
Check out Tatis’ 2-run shot to give the Padres an 8-5 lead in the 4th:
3 homer game.
Tied for the league lead. @tatis_jr is amazing!!! pic.twitter.com/NKz6CZpbPW
— MLB (@MLB) June 26, 2021
Not only did Tatis Jr. set a personal record with his first three-homer game of his young career, in what’s sure to be the first of many. He also etched his name in the Padres history books as the first player to ever record three out of the yard in just the first four innings. How’s that for slugging power from your shortstop?
Fernando Tatis Jr. has the first 3-HR game of his career.
He is the first player with 3 HR in the first 4 innings of a game in Padres history. pic.twitter.com/Ts0iujRsao
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 26, 2021
Tatis’ fourth plate appearance of the evening didn’t yield another Padres moonshot, but he did hit a hard ball to left field for an easy single. You just can’t keep him off the base paths.
The development of Fernando Tatis Jr. has just been truly incredible. He’s batting .281 with a .365 on base percentage, and an OPS north of 1.000. The Padres’ franchise star has already exceeded his home run total of 22 home runs from his rookie season in 25 less games. He’s exceeded his production in nearly every statistical category from last season, when he placed fourth in MVP voting as a sophomore.
The sky is the limit for the Padres shortstop, and even that might not be enough.