Luis Urias
Luis Urias
21-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Diego Padres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It was a year of adjustments for the youngest qualified hitter in the Pacific Coast League. Urias finally struck out more (20.5 K%) than he walked (12.6 BB%), but also finally started getting to notable pop (career-high .151 ISO). He made a concerted effort to get the ball in the air more, logging a career-high 29.4 FB% and a career-low 49.1 GB%. There is nothing to suggest he won’t always hit for a high average -- the 21-year-old middle infielder still used the whole field (33.5 Oppo%) and had a top-20 AVG in the PCL. However, instead of having to assume power would eventually come, there is now tangible evidence he is trending in that direction. He suffered a significant hamstring strain on Sept. 11, which ended his season and limited him to an insignificant amount of MLB at-bats. The Padres could keep Urias at Triple-A for the first month in order to gain an extra year of control, but if they field their best team, he could be the Opening Day leadoff hitter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Padres in December of 2013.
Returns to lineup Sunday
2BSan Diego Padres
March 10, 2019
Urias (hamstrings) is starting at shortstop and batting second in Sunday's spring game against the Royals, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
Urias has been sidelined since last Tuesday due to general fatigue in both hamstrings, but his return ahead of Monday's off-day confirms the issue was minor. The 21-year-old battled hamstring issues throughout the offseason as well but should be ready to go for Opening Day, barring additional injury.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+208%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+208%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left 1.231 13 2 1 2 0 .462 .462 .769
Since 2016vs Right .400 40 3 1 3 1 .114 .200 .200
2018vs Left 1.231 13 2 1 2 0 .462 .462 .769
2018vs Right .400 40 3 1 3 1 .114 .200 .200
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .699 26 3 1 2 1 .217 .308 .391
Since 2016Away .542 27 2 1 3 0 .200 .222 .320
2018Home .699 26 3 1 2 1 .217 .308 .391
2018Away .542 27 2 1 3 0 .200 .222 .320
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Luis Urias 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.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
5.7%
 
K Rate
18.9%
 
BABIP
.216
 
ISO
.146
 
AVG
.208
 
OBP
.264
 
SLG
.354
 
OPS
.618
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
It is easy to look at Urias and complain about what he can't do. He can't hit for much power, at least not as a 20-year-old hitting non-juiced baseballs. He won't offer more than a handful of steals per year. That said, here are the middle-infield prospects who are better bets to hit .300 in the majors: Bo Bichette and Gleyber Torres. That's the list. For the second year in a row, Urias walked more than he struck out while being the youngest hitter in his league. Don't be fooled by his listed 5-foot-9, 160-pound frame. Nobody is knocking the bat out of his hands. Urias is strong where it counts, in his wrists and forearms. He covers the whole plate and hits the ball to all fields. Much like Jose Altuve, his size actually works in his favor, as his smaller strike zone forces pitchers to come to him. The Padres acquired Freddy Galvis to play shortstop in 2018, so while Urias has been groomed at both middle infield spots, he will likely debut at second base, possibly as early as this summer.
Signed out of Mexico in late 2013, Urias has been an above-average hitter at every stop as a professional, but 2016 served as his coming out party. He was the youngest player in the California League, but was arguably the league's best hitter despite not turning 19 until June 3. Urias is on the right track to be an above-average contributor in the power department, showing excellent barrel control and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. It's very difficult to find past players who match his age, position and level, but consider that Rougned Odor, who is also similar to Urias from a physical standpoint, hit five home runs as a 19-year-old at High-A in 2013. The key here is the age, the hit tool and the approach, all of which are huge marks in his favor. If he handles Double-A the same way he handled High-A, he'll be in the big leagues before his 21st birthday.
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Sidelined Saturday
2BSan Diego Padres
Hamstring
March 9, 2019
Urias (hamstrings) remains out of the lineup for Saturday's Cactus League game against the Reds.
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Out of Friday's lineup
2BSan Diego Padres
Hamstring
March 8, 2019
Urias (hamstrings) is not in the lineup for Friday's spring game against the Athletics, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Still out Thursday
2BSan Diego Padres
Hamstring
March 7, 2019
Urias (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.
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Nearing return
2BSan Diego Padres
Hamstring
March 6, 2019
Urias (hamstring) could return to the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Dealing with hamstring fatigue
2BSan Diego Padres
Hamstring
March 5, 2019
Urias was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Mariners due to general fatigue in both hamstrings.
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