Fernando Tatis Jr. did not start the 2021 season out well. After an offseason of unending hype and a massive new contract from the San Diego Padres, he limped out of the gate. Despite some fits and starts, Tatis is now living up to the billing and back to dominating Major League Baseball like few can.
Tatis reaggravated a shoulder injury early in the year, then had to sit out 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. As a result, he's missed 17 of the Padres' 55 games this season. Despite that, on Monday he launched his 16th home run of the year, tying Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Adolis Garcia for the MLB lead.
As of that home run, Tatis had 38 fewer at bats than Garcia and 50 fewer than Guerrero.
That's pretty remarkable, especially considering his left shoulder will be injured for the rest of the season until he (almost certainly) undergoes offseason surgery.