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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, August 13, 2017 12:00 am

Notebook: Tatis rated best arm in Midwest League

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Baseball America surveyed Midwest League managers, and, unsurprisingly, they appreciate the TinCaps' Fernando Tatis Jr.

And not just because he set Fort Wayne's single-season home run record Saturday with his 21st long ball.

Tatis was voted "Best Infield Arm," one of several categories Baseball America polled the managers on. The 18-year-old Tatis has days where his arm strength allows him to put such velocity on throws that he records outs other shortstops would not.

One other interesting tidbit on Tatis that emerged Saturday offered historical perspective on his season-long excellence. With 21 home runs and 28 stolen bases, Tatis is the youngest player in league history to record at least 20 homers and 20 steals in a season, according to available statistics dating to 1963.

Including Tatis, only seven players in the Midwest League have had a 20-homer season at age 18. Tatis is the first to do it since 1987.

Assuming Tatis reaches 30 steals, he'll become the league's first player with at least 20 homers and 30 steals since Corey Patterson got to those magic numbers in 1999.

Get well soon: Luis Anguizola, placed on the TinCaps' disabled list before Saturday's game against Bowling Green, wore a cast on his right arm, which he injured Friday while playing catcher.

The seemingly serious nature of Anguizola's injury, along with catcher A.J. Kennedy (head) being unavailable Saturday, is why catcher Chandler Seagle was promoted from short-season Tri-City to low-A Fort Wayne.

No. 20: With an announced attendance of 7,863 Saturday, the TinCaps drew a sellout crowd for the 20th time in 62 home games. They are down to eight home dates remaining in the regular season.