Best Player: SS Fernando Tatis Jr.
Tatis opened the year as one of the youngest players in full-season ball. He closed the year as the youngest player in the Double-A Texas League. In between, he set a low Class A Fort Wayne franchise record with 21 home runs, became the first 18-year-old to go 20-20 in the Midwest League and saw his OPS balloon from .658 in April to 1.262 in August.
Including 14 games in the Texas League, Tatis hit .278/.379/.498 with 22 homers, 75 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. His 242 total bases led all Padres minor leaguers.
“He knows how to self-evaluate," Fort Wayne hitting coach Doug Banks said. “He knows how to go about breaking down an opposing pitcher and what they're trying to do to him. His ability to learn throughout the season just really progressed. It just started to slow down—what the league was trying to do to him."