A move to the leadoff spot went a long ways toward Tatis, from a pitch-selection basis, getting back to basics.
His job each at-bat was to get on base.
No more, no less.
Slowly but surely, Tatis picked out better pitches. While he’s installed some slight mechanical changes, it’s his overall athleticism and talent that have carried him to the top of the Texas League leader boards in runs (66, first), total bases (146, second), homers (12, tied for sixth) and hits (82, tied for seventh).
“I learned a lot last year,” said Tatis, who is hitting .302/.392/.551 with 11 homers and 12 steals since moving into the leadoff spot. “I learned the season can but long but at the same time short. I just trust myself, believe in what I’m doing with my hitting coach and I’m bringing to the field every day.