The White Sox are going back to the Tatis well.
Four years to the day they signed Fernando Tatis Jr. as an international free agent, the White Sox agreed to terms with the now-San Diego Padre's younger brother, Elijah, and four other international free agents Tuesday.
Fernando Tatis Jr. was infamously part of the package the White Sox sent to the Padres in exchange for James Shields during the 2016 season. That trade came right before Rick Hahn's front office launched the ongoing rebuilding project — and right before Tatis became one of the top prospects in the game. Now, he's tearing it up as a rookie shortstop, with a 1.026 OPS in what's been a to-this-point sensational first year in the big leagues.
The White Sox are hoping to strike gold again with Elijah Tatis, a 17-year-old shortstop. Per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the younger Tatis "is known for his strong and accurate arm, and he has impressed scouts with the way the ball jumps off his bat, as well as his ability to square up fastballs."
In addition to staying within the Tatis family, the White Sox also inked 22-year-old Cuban shortstop Yolbert Sanchez, a former teammate of Luis Robert's on the Cuban national team; 16-year-old Dominican third baseman Wilfred Veras, who according to Sanchez has been compared to Edwin Encarnacion; and two 16-year-old Dominican pitchers, Cristian Mena and Erick Bello.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.