SAN DIEGO — The Padres have a solution at first base. Just slide the kid over there.
Yes, I mean Fernando Tatis Jr.
First base is the best spot for both Tatis and the Padres in 2023.
We'd see amazing defense with less risk of injury.
Tatis would cover a whole zip code.
Scoops? He's a shortstop by trade. High throws? He's a springy, 6-foot-4 athlete. Wide throws? He's long-armed and bends like a gymnast.
See the soft hands, the quick feet in pursuit of batted balls.
Don't put him in the outfield. Keep him in the infield, close up, where his instincts and reaction times are honed.
First base is less hazardous than shortstop, though Tatis would have to embrace going to school to develop the needed fundamentals.
There's plenty of action at first base to keep Tatis fully engaged. He'd be less apt to take his hitting setbacks onto the field.