Gio Urshela
Gio Urshela
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
New York Yankees
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Urshela's performance last spring warranted a spot, but an injury suffered late in camp forced him to the disabled list to begin the season. After struggling at the plate during his rehab assignment, the Indians opted to designate him for assignment rather than put him on the big-league roster. The Blue Jays took a chance with him and he appeared in 19 games for the club, but his .233/.283/.326 slash line left much to be desired. As a result, Toronto also cast him off the 40-man roster before trading him to the Yankees in August. Urshela showed improvement at the plate with New York's Triple-A affiliate, but all in all, 2018 was a disappointing season. The 27-year-old makes pretty consistent contact (80.7% career contact rate), but he has middling power, a weak track record in the majors and no clear path back to the big leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Yankees in November of 2018.
Ups average to .338
3BNew York Yankees
August 21, 2019
Urshela recorded two base hits in four at-bats Tuesday in the Yankees' 6-2 loss to the Athletics.
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After feasting on the Orioles a week ago, Urshela hasn't slowed down much while taking on the more competent Indians and Athletics pitching staffs. Over the last five contests, Urshela has gone 8-for-21 to lift his season-long batting average to .338.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
4
6
2
5
19
18
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
2
3
8
8
8
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+102%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .803 184 29 7 25 0 .287 .321 .483
Since 2017vs Right .816 422 57 13 59 1 .303 .347 .469
2019vs Left .926 115 19 6 18 0 .321 .348 .578
2019vs Right .956 280 46 12 48 1 .344 .389 .566
2018vs Left 1.025 10 3 1 2 0 .250 .400 .625
2018vs Right .507 36 4 0 1 0 .229 .250 .257
2017vs Left .535 59 7 0 5 0 .228 .254 .281
2017vs Right .560 106 7 1 10 0 .222 .267 .293
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .825 285 40 9 43 0 .317 .354 .470
Since 2017Away .801 321 46 11 41 1 .280 .325 .476
2019Home .928 187 30 8 32 0 .350 .380 .548
2019Away .965 208 35 10 34 1 .324 .375 .590
2018Home .932 29 4 1 3 0 .370 .414 .519
2018Away .059 17 3 0 0 0 .000 .059 .000
2017Home .495 69 6 0 8 0 .203 .261 .234
2017Away .589 96 8 1 7 0 .239 .263 .326
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Stat Review
How does Gio Urshela compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
5.6%
 
K Rate
17.5%
 
BABIP
.372
 
ISO
.233
 
AVG
.337
 
OBP
.377
 
SLG
.570
 
OPS
.947
 
wOBA
.408
 
Exit Velocity
91.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.7%
 
Barrels/PA
5.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
As his development as a minor-league player progressed to Triple-A for the first time in 2014, Urshela looked like a slick-fielding third baseman capable of exceeding the low expectations he brought to the table as a prospect, especially since he showed more power at the plate at Double-A and above. The Indians have turned to him in two of the last three seasons when injuries created a need for infield depth on their 25-man roster, but the results have been underwhelming to this point at the top level. Although he's done a nice job limiting strikeouts (17.7 percent K%), a .225/.273/.314 line over 453 plate appearances has left the door open for other players on the organizational depth chart to bypass him in the battle for leftover scraps of playing time. Additionally, Urshela didn't tear the cover off the ball during his time at Triple-A Columbus last year (.266/.321/.374), and increasingly, his future looks like that of a Quad-A player.
Urshela spent all of 2016 with Triple-A Columbus after playing 81 games for Cleveland in 2015 without much success at the plate. While he hit .274 against minor league pitching, Urshela didn't exactly light the world on fire, hitting just eight home runs and slugging .380 without stealing a single base. In addition, his 2016 numbers represented a decline from 2014 where he hit .276 while slugging .476 for Columbus. On the bright side, Urshela lowered his strikeout rate to 11.8 percent, down from 20.1 percent with the Indians. Still, his power numbers are headed in the wrong direction, a trend he'll need to reverse to put himself back on the club's radar as a potential big league starter. Meanwhile, 24-year-old third baseman Jose Ramirez broke out for a huge year for the Indians, and while Ramirez isn't an elite defender at third and could be moved in the future, Urshela will need to show more at the plate to earn another crack at the majors.
Urshela's bid to unseat Lonnie Chisenhall at the hot corner never got off the launch pad in spring due to a balky back and he opened the season at Triple-A Columbus. Chisenhall's slow start with both the bat and glove opened the door for Urshela, who was hitting .272/.298/.469 at Triple-A at the time of his recall in June. His inability to control the strikezone (18 walks, 58 strikeouts in 288 plate appearances) contributed to his offensive struggles with the Tribe as he posted a poor .608 OPS in 81 games for Cleveland. A nagging shoulder injury didn't help either but he, along with shortstop Francisco Lindor, helped solidify the Indians infield defense. After the Indians signed Juan Uribe to a one-year deal this offseason, Urshela will likely begin the year at Triple-A. He'll need to command the strikezone better and get himself into some good hitters' counts if he wants to take full advantage of his moderate power going forward. Unless Uribe gets hurt or struggles mightily, Urshela may have to wait until 2017 to get a crack at playing every day in the big leagues again.
Few third base prospects can match Urshela’s proximity to the big leagues. He played 24 games at Double-A Akron and 104 games at Triple-A Columbus last season, more than holding his own with the stick at both levels. He forced a promotion to Triple-A after slashing .300/.347/.567 with five home runs in just 24 games with Akron, and his numbers remained solid after moving up a level. Urshela hit .276/.331/.473 (.289 BABIP) with 13 home runs in 430 plate appearances with Columbus, and appears on the verge of making his big league debut. The incumbent at the hot corner, Lonnie Chisenhall, hit just .218 in the second half in 2014, and if he gets off to a slow start, Urshela figures to get the first crack at replacing him. While he will likely never put up elite power numbers for the position, he could settle in as a middling option there if he is playing every day.
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Gets third straight three-hit game
3BNew York Yankees
August 14, 2019
Urshela went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over Baltimore.
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Racks up six hits in doubleheader
3BNew York Yankees
August 13, 2019
Urshela went 6-for-9 with a home run, a double and two RBI while crossing the plate four times in a pair of victories over Baltimore on Monday.
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Continues power surge
3BNew York Yankees
August 11, 2019
Urshela went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to Toronto.
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Pounds pair of homers in victory
3BNew York Yankees
August 9, 2019
Urshela went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.
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Tees off on Orioles for three XBH
3BNew York Yankees
August 8, 2019
Urshela (leg) went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and four RBI in the Yankees' 14-2 win over the Orioles on Wednesday.
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