Luis Urias

Luis Urias

24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Milwaukee Brewers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Urias was a top-25 prospect in some circles as recently as two years ago, and the Brewers thought enough of his potential to exchange Trent Grisham for him as part of a deal with the Padres in November of 2019. Urias was expected to compete for a starting spot, but his preparation was paused due to a wrist injury that required surgery, and he was put behind the eight ball again after testing positive for COVID-19 in July and did not make his season debut until mid-August. He played fairly regularly after that, rotating between the three infield spots left of first base, but he never regained his swing and finished with an OPS barely above .600. Urias' hit tool carried him to the top of prospect lists, and with him now a year removed from the wrist procedure, he will have the chance to bounce back. He could contribute in the ratio departments if he does, but don't expect much in terms of power or speed. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#460
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$Traded to the Brewers in November of 2019.
Cranks 23rd homer
SSMilwaukee Brewers
September 30, 2021
Urias went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
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Urias got the Brewers on the board by taking J.A. Happ deep with a 381-foot shot in the third inning. Although he's been somewhat quieter at the plate recently, the long ball was his second of the week and his 23rd of the year. Overall, the 24-year-old is batting .248/.344/.447 in 148 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
23
5
8
26
17
16
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
2
1
6
11
6
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+56%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .813 230 36 9 31 2 .278 .345 .468
Since 2019vs Right .702 705 79 18 79 5 .229 .333 .368
2021vs Left .800 134 22 7 18 1 .243 .331 .470
2021vs Right .786 433 55 16 57 4 .251 .349 .437
2020vs Left .727 36 5 0 1 1 .273 .333 .394
2020vs Right .555 83 6 0 10 1 .227 .301 .253
2019vs Left .892 60 9 2 12 0 .351 .383 .509
2019vs Right .572 189 18 2 12 0 .177 .312 .259
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+71%
OPS on Road
2019
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .697 472 54 12 53 4 .230 .342 .355
Since 2019Away .761 463 61 15 57 3 .252 .330 .431
2021Home .769 288 35 11 37 2 .240 .352 .417
2021Away .809 279 42 12 38 3 .258 .337 .472
2020Home .450 60 4 0 3 2 .182 .250 .200
2020Away .769 59 7 0 8 0 .302 .373 .396
2019Home .654 124 15 1 13 0 .233 .363 .291
2019Away .653 125 12 3 11 0 .214 .296 .357
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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.

* 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
0.54
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
20.5%
 
BABIP
.280
 
ISO
.196
 
AVG
.249
 
OBP
.345
 
SLG
.445
 
OPS
.789
 
wOBA
.347
 
Exit Velocity
81.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.5%
 
Barrels/PA
6.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Urias spent most of April with the Padres and appeared overmatched, collecting only two hits in 24 at-bats. After a productive three-month sojourn in the minors, the 22-year-old returned to the big club in mid-July but continued to scuffle at the plate. Things finally clicked for Urias in September; he hit .300 for the month and produced a nine-game hitting streak during which he went 14-for-35. While his 22.5 K% was the highest of his career at any level, it was balanced by a 10.0 BB% that yielded a palatable 0.45 BB/K. It remains to be seen whether Urias' 19 homers in 295 minor-league at-bats last season will translate to a power stroke in the majors, but a boost in park factors following a November trade to Milwaukee should help in that regard. He has demonstrated the necessary hitting tools to be an on-base machine for years to come. Look for him to be the Opening Day shortstop for the Brewers.
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.
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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Idle Wednesday
SSMilwaukee Brewers
September 29, 2021
Urias is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.
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Slugs 22nd homer
SSMilwaukee Brewers
September 29, 2021
Urias went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Tuesday against the Cardinals.
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Goes deep in loss
SSMilwaukee Brewers
September 21, 2021
Urias went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Cardinals.
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Plates three in win
SSMilwaukee Brewers
September 18, 2021
Urias went 2-for-3 with a walk, three RBI and a run scored in Friday's 8-5 win over the Cubs.
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Hits go-ahead homer
SSMilwaukee Brewers
September 10, 2021
Urias went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double and an additional run scored in Friday's 10-3 win over Cleveland.
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