MLB Power Rankings: Braves Lead Way Among Tight NL East Race

Tim Kelly
August 19, 2020 - 2:14 pm

Welcome to baseball, where it takes a faux-scandal for a young superstar to become a household name nationally.

Instead of focusing on whether Fernando Tatís Jr. should have swung 3-0 Monday night with a seven-run lead or stolen third base with a six-run lead Tuesday, let's talk about the type of season that the 21-year-old is having.

Through the first 25 games of the 2020 season, Tatís Jr. is slashing .310/.384/.710 with 11 home runs, 28 RBIs and a 1.9 fWAR that is the second-highest mark in the sport.

Injuries limited the San Diego Padres' shortstop to just 84 games in 2019, or he would have challenged New York Mets' first baseman Pete Alonso for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Never mind that, though, because as Alonso tries to get over a relatively slow start, Tatís Jr. has made himself the early favorite for the National League MVP Award.

Where do the Padres rank as Tatís Jr. attempts to lead them to their first playoff appearance since 2006? Here are our latest RADIO.COM Sports MLB Power Rankings:

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