Luis Urías

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Luis Fernando Urías Figueroa

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 160 lb.

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Luis Urías is an infielder who has played in the majors and for the Mexican national team.

Urías was signed by San Diego Padres scouts Chad MacDonald and Robert Rowley in December 2013. [1] He made his pro debut the next summer with the DSL Padres; after going 1 for 10 with a walk, he moved up to the AZL Padres and hit .310/.393/.355. He was 5th in the Arizona League in average (between Michael Gettys and Steven Mateo) and 7th in OBP (between Mateo and Cody Yount). He made his winter ball debut with the Yaquis de Obregón, hitting .158/.333/.211 in 25 plate appearances. In 2015, he split time between the Fort Wayne Tincaps (.290/.370/.326 in 51 G) and the Tri-City Dust Devils (.355/.487/.357 in 10 G), with a .299 average and .388 OBP on the season. As a utility infielder for the Yaquis that winter, he batted .280/.369/.308.

He had a breakout summer with the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2016, when the teenager produced at a .330/.397/.440 clip and scored 71 runs. He won the California League batting title by .001 over Kyle Petty, was 3rd in OBP (after Drew Ferguson and Petty), was second in hits (154, 5 behind Scott Heineman) and was the only batting title qualifier with more walks (40) than whiffs (36); all this, despite starting the season as the league's youngest player. He was named named the All-Star second baseman, Rookie of the Year and MVP. [2] He also starred in three games for the El Paso Chihuahuas, going 4 for 9 with 5 walks and 6 runs. Baseball America rated him as the league's third-best prospect, after Ryan Castellani and Chris Shaw. [3]

The Sonora native was a late addition to the Mexican national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He went 1 for 6 for the team, his lone hit coming off Tommy Layne, as he backed up Esteban Quiroz at 2B and Luis Cruz at SS. [4]

He was named to the World team for the 2018 Futures Game. On August 28, 2018, he was called up to San Diego to make his major league debut. He hit .208 in 12 games in his first taste of the Show. In spring training in 2019, he was considered the favorite to win the starting shortstop job even if the Padres saw him sliding over to second base in the longer term, because of the presence of another top-ranked shortstop prospect in the organization in Fernando Tatis Jr. However, Tatis was so good in the Cactus League that he won the job outright while Luis went back to the minors to await his next chance. He was called up on April 8th when Tatis missed some time with an injury, but hit just .083 in 11 games and was sent back down before the end of April. His real chance came when Tatis's outstanding rookie season was cut short by an injury. He got to play shortstop regularly starting in late July, hitting .223 in 71 games with 4 homers and 24 RBIs.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • A.J. Cassavell: "Sources: Padres to promote Urias today", mlb.com, August 27, 2018. [1]

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