On the 23rd (Korean time), MLB.com, the official major league media, introduced eight players who need to prove their health in the 2023 season. Tatis Jr., who is playing for San Diego along with Kim Ha-seong, was also on the list.
Tatis Jr. is a shortstop with a batting average of .292 (303 hits in 1036 bats), 81 home runs, 195 RBIs, 210 runs, 52 stolen bases and an OPS of .965 in 273 major league games. San Diego took notice of Tatis Jr.’s potential and signed a 14-year, $340 million contract extension as early as February 2021.
However, this contract became a nightmare for San Diego. This is because Tatis Jr. suffered a wrist fracture injury ahead of last season and was subsequently suspended for 80 games after being caught with a banned substance and did not play a single game. 스포츠토토
Disappointed with Tatis Jr., who suffered from injuries every year and failed to manage himself, San Diego acquired shortstop Zander Bogarts for 11 years and 280 million dollars (approximately 345.8 billion won) this winter. With the arrival of Bogarts, Tatis Jr. was forced to move to the outfield.
MLB.com said, “Even when I was 23 years old in 2022, expectations for Tatis Jr. were naturally high. However, before the season opener, he fractured his left wrist and was caught with a banned substance, which resulted in an 80-game suspension and missed the entire season.”
But even so, Tatis Jr.’s potential is enormous. MLB.com said, “Tatis Jr. hit 42 home runs in 2021 and ranked second in the National League MVP voting. His career OPS+ (league average of 100) is 160. However, he has never played more than 130 games in a season. And with San Diego bringing in shortstop Bogarts, he needs to prove he can play in his new position. Nonetheless, no one can deny that Tatis Jr.’s maximum potential is the greatest in baseball,” he said, predicting that if Tatis Jr. remains healthy and proficient, he can become the best player in the major leagues.