Luis Urias
Luis Urias
22-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
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$Signed a contract with the Padres in December of 2013.
Swats second home run
2BSan Diego Padres
August 19, 2019
Urias went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's win over the Phillies.
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Starting at shortstop for the fourth straight game, Urias poked a four-seam fastball over the right field wall in the fourth inning for his second major-league long ball. The 22-year-old rookie got off to a slow start this season, hitting just .090 through his first 55 at-bats, but has thrived in August with a .326/.431/.465 slash line and 12 RBI in 14 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
6
16
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
5
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+111%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+79%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+208%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .982 47 8 2 10 0 .378 .404 .578
Since 2017vs Right .465 135 14 2 8 1 .118 .274 .191
2019vs Left .882 34 6 1 8 0 .344 .382 .500
2019vs Right .492 95 11 1 5 0 .120 .305 .187
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .732 80 13 2 11 1 .215 .363 .369
Since 2017Away .520 102 9 2 7 0 .178 .265 .256
2019Home .746 54 10 1 9 0 .214 .389 .357
2019Away .511 75 7 1 4 0 .169 .280 .231
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
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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 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
0.59
 
BB Rate
13.2%
 
K Rate
22.5%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.093
 
AVG
.196
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.290
 
OPS
.623
 
wOBA
.287
 
Exit Velocity
86.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.6%
 
Barrels/PA
2.3%
 
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20 days ago
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31 days ago
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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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Moves back down in order
2BSan Diego Padres
August 17, 2019
Urias will start at shortstop and bat eighth Saturday against the Phillies.
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Hitless out of leadoff spot
2BSan Diego Padres
August 17, 2019
Urias went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Phillies.
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Drives in three runs
2BSan Diego Padres
August 14, 2019
Urias went 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored, three RBI and a walk in Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Rays.
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Drives in three
2BSan Diego Padres
August 14, 2019
Urias went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and three RBI in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Rays.
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Rides pine Sunday
2BSan Diego Padres
August 11, 2019
Urias is not in Sunday's lineup against the Rockies.
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