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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 66: Elijah Tatís

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A disappointing and brief pro debut doesn’t diminish this infielder’s high ceiling

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Elijah Tatís
Second Baseman
5´11´´
155 pounds
Age: 19
SSS rank among all second basemen in the system: 2
2020 SSHP Top Prospect Rank: 60

Elijah Tatís is the son of former major leaguer Fernando Tatís and the brother of former White Sox farmhand Fernando Tatís Jr. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, “Tatís possesses a strong and accurate arm and has impressed scouts with the way the ball jumps off his bat, as well as his ability to square up fastballs.” With that kind of ability, the White Sox were happy to sign him with a $500,000 bonus on 2019’s International Signing Day.

Tatís struggled out of the gate for the DSL White Sox, however, and only managed to slash .187/.300/.213 in 25 games with two doubles, 10 RBIs, five stolen bases, 13 walks (14.4%) and 16 strikeouts (17.8%). Largely because defensive wizard Yolbert Sánchez played shortstop for the DSL squad, Tatís actually played a bit more at second base this year than would’ve been expected.

Eventually, as he gets older and bulks up, Tatís is expected to eventually have the power to be an everyday third baseman. Expect Tatís to be promoted to the AZL White Sox for 2021 due to his high ceiling.