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Luis Urias

https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-10-high-performers-in-the-high-minors/

Luis Urias | 2B/SS – SD

It looked like Urias was going to enter the season with a gig, but the Padres surprised everyone and chose Fernando Tatis Jr. to pair up with Ian Kinsler at the keystone, leaving Urias on the bus to Triple-A. He was quickly called up on April 8th, but couldn’t get going in a tiny sample that saw him strike out 11 times in 29 PA. He has gone off in the two weeks since returning to Triple-A with a .328/.419/.766 line including 6 HR, 3 3B, and 4 2B among his 21 hits.

The Padres haven’t been afraid to go young so I simply can’t imagine them sticking with Kinsler and his 53 wRC+ much longer. A Tatis/Urias keystone combo is their future so why not get it started now? Urias was drafted in all NFBC leagues meaning he’s available to be picked up even before he’s called up. If you find yourself in a fortunate enough situation to have a stash spot available on your reserves, he’s a worthwhile gamble. I could see him putting together a .270-15 HR-7 SB kind of summer.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/top-mlb-prospects-hot-sheet-52819/

14. Luis Urias, 2B, Padres
Team: Triple-A El Paso (Pacific)
Age: 22
Why He’s Here: .385/.484/.462 (10-for-26), 5 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 3 SO

The Scoop: Urias has just kept on hitting since returning to Triple-A El Paso from the big leagues. The infielder had at least one hit in every game he played this past week, posting a seven-game hit streak dating back to May 18. The Padres’ No. 3 prospect continues to show that he can put the barrel on the ball with consistency and make use of the whole field. Even though his first stint in the big leagues wasn’t fruitful, a return should be in the works rather soon. (JC)

Don't know if it's Intentional or not, but Urias has to be getting close to being under control an additional year....

He's been down about the same amount of time this year, as his total MLB service time, but I know the service time calendar accounts for the days off somehow.  Would need a Madfriars gurus to say for sure, but somewhere around mid June Pads gain + 1 yr control.

With early extensions maybe being "the" thing now in MLB, not as big a deal as it used to be.

Seems to be struggling at the plate lately ...

http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=649966#/career/R/hitting/2019/ALL

... says BA for last 10 games is .220 ... last 6 games, his BA has dropped from .368 to .337 going 3-for-25 with 7 Ks and 1 BB.

I can see why the Padres are in no hurry to call him back up.  I'm his biggest fan ... but he's got work to do ... and I'm OK with that work happening at AAA.  I'm still confident he'll be a STUD for Padres for many, many years ... no need to rush now.

In a couple of games ... just casual observation .... but Urias looks the part of a plus defensive 2B. Has that smooth movement left and right with a strong arm on throws to 1B. Just seems very comfortable in the field. Improvement defensively over Garcia and Kinsler (who apparently has age taking away his gold glove reputation).

I can see why some thought he could handle SS defensively.

Now hope he hits in the ML.

He doesn’t have to hit that much to be an improvement.

If he can give us improved defense and hit .250 in the 8 hole the rest of the way I’m fine with that.

Would ultimately like him to hit 2nd behind  Margot.

We really don’t need Tatis hitting leadoff after this season.

In a perfect scenario Margot leads of with a .350 OBP....Urias hits 2nd with similar.....Tatis 3rd.

But I doubt they want to move Machado out of the 3 hole.....so probably won’t happen.

In other words.....if Margot and Urias could become obvious top of the order hitters we would be a playoff offense.

 

Quote from fenn68 on July 21, 2019, 12:49 pm

In a couple of games ... just casual observation .... but Urias looks the part of a plus defensive 2B. Has that smooth movement left and right with a strong arm on throws to 1B. Just seems very comfortable in the field. Improvement defensively over Garcia and Kinsler (who apparently has age taking away his gold glove reputation).

I can see why some thought he could handle SS defensively.

Now hope he hits in the ML.

When you are right you are right Fenn, amazing play by Urias

I'm still very much waiting for Luis to click with the Padres ... frustrating that it hasn't happened yet ...

Looks like the decision has been made that he's better off with Padres that at El Paso ... and I get that ...

Hard not to overreact to Urias poor offense but I have to keep in mind that at the beginning of the season he was just 21 (everyone can't be instantly great at that age like Tatis) and was coming in as the #27 MLB prospect and the #1 MLB 2B prospect. Some of the national types were calling him a future batting champ with his elite bat to ball skills. That is a lot of positive coming from outside the Padre house. Not ready to give up on him at age 22.

The April start (2/24 with 11K) justified his return to AAA as they apparently observed his difficulty with the quality FB. Work on mechanics in AAA but once they feel he has made the right progress recall him since continuing to develop in that arcade of the PCL could set him back into bad habits.

Although his return is clearly a work in progress (1/20) his Ks are way down to on 2 and he looks like he has been refocused to contact first. For him, that is a good thing. Add that his defense has been excellent.

With the Padres out of 2019 contention and no realistic alternative setting up for 2020 ... agree with just let him play every day and take his lumps with the hope he gets it together over the last 2 months.

Maybe the expectations of a batting champ were over blown but, with his defense, if he just played at a .250 BA / .330 OBP he still would be one of the better 2B in the MLB ... and that is way better than the current alternatives.

If his bat is more in the .225 range ... then worry but his defense would allow him a useful role as a back-up SS/2B.

Albeit still a small sample size ... reason for optimism on Urias since his return:

7BB (and 1 HBP) v only 2K pushing his OBP since his return to .321 overcoming a .050 BA.

The bat to ball skills and plate discipline seem to be there. Add that his contact is generating ground balls which ... for him ... should bode well when those start finding holes ... despite his AAA HR stats ... hitting fly balls in the ML will not be his route to success.