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Luis Urias

https://www.mlb.com/padres/news/evaluating-padres-second-base-options/c-302592582

There is, however, some minor concern about Urias, who pulled his left hamstring during the final month of the season and was shut down. He had a setback earlier this offseason in his recovery, but the Padres insist he's on track for Spring Training.

Padres do have an interesting decision on Urias during ST. Not a question of him being a top prospect and a ML player AT SOME POINT but even though last season (at age 20) he excelled in AAA (296/398/447) he will enter next season after a limited ML run (48 AB ... 208/264/354) with the specter of the hamstring injury being 100% to go all out.

MIGHT the Padres consider having the 21 year old start 2019 in AAA (set up the pairing with Tatis) .... easing his usage to ensure the hamstring is 100% .... and if they lag him until the end of May (give or take) they will gain the extra control year (he only has about 38 days of ML service time). Considering 2019 should not one where the Padres contend, lagging a 21 year old to ensure health, meshing with this future middle INF partner, and just more fully developing his bat ... might make long term sense.

Unless Urias is significantly delayed during spring training, he will absolutely, 100% be on the opening day roster.

That is the likely scenario but suggesting that it will not be difficult for the Padres to send him to AAA IF in ST they sense any issue with the hamstring and / or he is not hitting. He is too valuable an asset to not "handle with care".

Did note he comment from one of the Padre reporters that the Padres want Urias to "earn" the ML spot and not just be given it. Could be just eyewash but could reflect a development strategy.

I will go 99.874% he is on the opening day roster (baring injury).

Quote from fenn68 on January 11, 2019, 9:28 am

MIGHT the Padres consider having the 21 year old start 2019 in AAA (set up the pairing with Tatis) .... easing his usage to ensure the hamstring is 100% .... and if they lag him until the end of May (give or take) they will gain the extra control year (he only has about 38 days of ML service time). Considering 2019 should not one where the Padres contend, lagging a 21 year old to ensure health, meshing with this future middle INF partner, and just more fully developing his bat ... might make long term sense.

I honestly think this could really be the situation. I dont overate the time that Tatis and Urias would spend together in AAA learning to work the bag together. I think it would be better to sign Moose and let Garcia and Guerra muck around at SS with Kinsler at 2B. Hopefully Guerra could build some value, Kinsler's bat rebounds, and then after the ASG we would have in INF of Moose, Tatis, Urias, and Hosmer with Garcia and Kinsler as back ups.

From a chat with Eric Longenhagen at FG ...

Eric Longenhagen Chat – 3/15/18

PA in SC: Has Luis Urias always had the large leg kick? Has he made that work successfully in the minors. Watching him in spring training this year, I’ve been surprised at how much swing and miss is in his game for a potential 65/70 hitter. 

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Eric A Longenhagen: he’s had it for a while but i think his utilization of it with two strikes has changed.

I'm personally not a fan of his leg kick and am surprised it's been allowed to persist so long. I'd bet that if he struggles it'd be the first thing to be excised from his swing.

I'm going to beat the dead horse that I increasingly think it's a bad idea for Urias to open in MLB @ SS.

In the past (OK, present too) a lot of the reason has had to do with service time.  But now it has more to do with the presence of Kinsler.  If Kinsler is leading off, and Hosmer is hitting 2nd (which I like), frankly a lot of Urias' potential future top of the order value vanishes in the present; if he's batting near bottom of order.  IMO, even more vanishes with him playing out of position.

Garcia is having a good ST offensively though zip power & not sure how much playing time logged at SS.  But is their a significant offense/defense decline specifically at SS batting 7th or 8th between he & Urias (batting 1st/2nd @ 2B totally different story).

So why not go for a month or so with Hosmer/Kinsler/Garcia/Machado?  Realize "backup" SS becomes an issue.  Guerra's bat is so bad hard to justify MLB even as 25th guy.  But I could live with Pirela & Ty France for a month or so.  Machado becomes the backup SS maybe 1 start/week?  I would rather see Urias & Tatis come up for good "hot" with their legs under them & a month+ of  playing/working together @ 2B/SS.

I agree, and have said this almost all off season, Tatis and Urias need to start the year in AAA together. Lets start the season with Machado, Garcia, Kinsler, and Hosmer, and let Tatis and Urias get familiar with each other in El Paso. If Kinsler gets hot, and someone goes down, what a good trade piece he could be at the price that he is signed.

There's an argument for the team tui leave Urías off the opening day roster based on production. It's not a compelling argument because (a) it's spring training and (b) the development work he still needs to do is against big-league pitching,  but at least it's an argument.

The idea that somehow there's a compelling need for two guys who've worked on the field together, conservatively, 150 times to 'get to know each other' is not an argument to be made.