Gio Urshela
Gio Urshela
29-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
New York Yankees
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Urshela proved his out-of-nowhere 2019 breakthrough was not a fluke with a similarly productive performance last season. While his batting average took a slight dip (from .314 to a still-stellar .298), Urshela's xBA (.315) actually jumped 26 points, his walk rate (10.3%) was nearly double the 5.3% mark he posted the previous season and his strikeout rate dropped to a superb 14.4%. To boot, Urshela again ranked among the best defensive third basemen in the game, placing fourth among players at the hot corner with six defensive runs saved and posting the second-highest defensive runs above average among MLB third basemen. The 29-year-old has only moderate power and is not a threat on the basepaths, but he appears to have staked a claim as the everyday third baseman in a potent lineup, and his valuable on-base skills make him a viable selection in the middle rounds of mixed-league fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.48 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2020.
Manning third in spring debut
3BNew York Yankees
March 4, 2021
Urshela (elbow) will start at third base and will bat second Thursday in the Yankees' Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone said earlier in the week that Urshela would make his spring debut Thursday, but it wasn't certain whether the 29-year-old would play the field or serve as the team's designated hitter. With Urshela now confirmed to be playing the field, the Yankees evidently have no concerns about his right elbow coming off arthroscopic surgery in December. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, interim skipper Carlos Mendoza said that he expects Urshela to get two at-bats Thursday before leaving the contest.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+102%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .851 197 28 9 26 0 .289 .345 .506
Since 2018vs Right .868 499 76 19 81 2 .311 .357 .511
2020vs Left .678 37 3 0 1 0 .233 .378 .300
2020vs Right .902 137 21 6 29 1 .314 .365 .537
2019vs Left .876 150 22 8 23 0 .303 .333 .542
2019vs Right .895 326 51 13 51 1 .320 .365 .530
2018vs Left 1.025 10 3 1 2 0 .250 .400 .625
2018vs Right .507 36 4 0 1 0 .229 .250 .257
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .905 321 49 15 54 1 .326 .368 .537
Since 2018Away .841 355 54 13 52 1 .291 .344 .497
2020Home .976 84 13 6 18 1 .303 .357 .618
2020Away .786 70 10 0 11 0 .316 .400 .386
2019Home .873 208 32 8 33 0 .328 .365 .508
2019Away .902 268 41 13 41 1 .304 .347 .555
2018Home .932 29 4 1 3 0 .370 .414 .519
2018Away .059 17 3 0 0 0 .000 .059 .000
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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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.72
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
14.4%
 
BABIP
.315
 
ISO
.192
 
AVG
.298
 
OBP
.368
 
SLG
.490
 
OPS
.858
 
wOBA
.372
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.5%
 
Barrels/PA
5.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In many ways Urshela was the unsung hero of the Yankees during the 2019 season, as he delivered a .314/.355/.534 slash line with 21 homers in 132 games. He provided some much-needed stability to a lineup that was ravaged by injuries throughout most of the year, and ended up starting 109 games at third base. He's a quality defender at the hot corner and represents a significant upgrade there over 2019 Opening Day third baseman Miguel Andujar (shoulder), who was limited to 12 games last season. Urshela entered the year with only eight home runs in 499 plate appearances for his career, but he posted a .219 ISO and 132 wRC+ in his first year with the Yankees. It's doubtful Urshela can fully replicate his breakout campaign, but he's now in position to secure a starting role in New York for 2020.
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.
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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Spring debut set for Thursday
3BNew York Yankees
Elbow
March 2, 2021
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he expects Urshela (elbow) to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday against the Phillies, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Batting practice on tap
3BNew York Yankees
Elbow
February 24, 2021
Urshela (elbow) is expected to take batting practice in the coming days, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
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Could play in exhibition opener
3BNew York Yankees
Elbow
February 22, 2021
Yankees manager Aaron Boone suggested that Urshela (elbow) may be ready to play in the team's first exhibition game Sunday against the Phillies, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Approaching full health
3BNew York Yankees
Elbow
February 18, 2021
Urshela (elbow) is getting close to 100 percent, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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On track for Opening Day
3BNew York Yankees
Elbow
February 2, 2021
Urshela (elbow) may not be ready for the start of spring training but expects to be available for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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