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Fernando Tatis Jr. shows off remarkable skill in outfield

Fernando Tatis Jr. looking away.

Apr 19, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) looks on after the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. is officially an outfielder, having been shifted by the San Diego Padres after the team’s offseason acquisition of Xander Bogaerts. Judging by one bit of skill he showed off Monday, he should be just fine there.

Tatis Jr. was playing right field in a spring training game against Seattle on Monday, and made Mariners catcher Tom Murphy a victim of his elite arm.

Tatis threw an absolute missile after fielding a ground ball single and caught Murphy trying to go first-to-third.

If teams are going to run on Tatis, he will be doing a lot of that in 2023.

Tatis has a lot to prove for the Padres in 2023. He missed all of 2022, first due to a wrist injury suffered in a motorcycle accident, then due to a PED suspension. The Padres have made it pretty clear what they want from him going forward, so this is a fine start.

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