Luis Urias

Luis Urias

25-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Milwaukee Brewers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Urias was set to open the season as Milwaukee's primary third baseman after a breakout 2021, but he spent the first month of the season on the IL with a quadriceps injury and struggled to find much consistency once healthy. He entered September with a .702 OPS and was relegated to a part-time role, but he came alive across his final 23 games and posted a .328/.416/.507 slash line. In the end Urias wasn't able to fully replicate his previous season but came close in most of his numbers with an 11 percent walk rate and 21 percent strikeout rate, though by the time he turned on the jets many fantasy owners had likely already moved on. Urias will turn 26 years old in June and should once again be the favorite to start at the hot corner in 2023, though any job security is likely flimsy given he's coming off an up-and-down campaign. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $2.55 million contract with the Brewers in March of 2022.
Leads team to victory
3BMilwaukee Brewers
October 4, 2022
Urias went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI in Tuesday's victory over Arizona.
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Urias produced two of Milwaukee's three runs Tuesday, getting to Arizona ace Zac Gallen for a couple of extra-base hits. His solo shot in the third inning, Urias' 16th on the season, put Milwaukee up 2-0, and he later smacked a double to score Jace Peterson in the fifth inning. Over his last 10 games dating back to Sept. 20, Urias is batting .382 (13-for-34) with five extra-base hits, four RBI and six runs scored.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
10
12
7
13
24
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
8
4
5
9
10
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .770 305 42 10 29 2 .258 .339 .431
Since 2020vs Right .742 853 100 29 104 6 .239 .336 .406
2022vs Left .752 135 15 3 10 0 .269 .348 .403
2022vs Right .734 337 39 13 37 1 .226 .329 .404
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+71%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .746 573 64 17 58 4 .246 .353 .393
Since 2020Away .752 585 78 22 75 4 .242 .321 .431
2022Home .799 225 25 6 18 0 .273 .382 .417
2022Away .684 247 29 10 29 1 .210 .291 .393
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
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.51
 
BB Rate
10.6%
 
K Rate
21.0%
 
BABIP
.274
 
ISO
.165
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.335
 
SLG
.404
 
OPS
.739
 
wOBA
.329
 
Exit Velocity
87.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.0%
 
Barrels/PA
5.5%
 
Expected BA
.238
 
Expected SLG
.398
 
Sprint Speed
23.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
36.5%
 
Line Drive %
20.2%
 
Fly Ball %
43.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Urias never got any traction in his previous three major-league seasons (.635 OPS) consisting of just over 400 plate appearances. In 2021 he came out firing with improvements across the board. His walk rate was a career best at 11.1%. His strikeout rate dropped from 26.7% to 20.4%. His power profile was unrecognizable with his groundball rate dropping from 63.2% to 41.4%. At the same time his Statcast hard-hit rate went from 27.3% to 40.2%. In the end, his ISO jumped to .196 from .055 the year before. The strikeout gains also helped him post a career-best batting average. Finally, he hasn't been a void in stolen bases with five steals last season while being caught only once. He did all that while playing over 20 games at second, shortstop and third base. He's the epitome of a breakout candidate with his entire game on the upswing. The question is if he has a third gear to keep heading upward.
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.
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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Still on bench Saturday
3BMilwaukee Brewers
October 1, 2022
Urias isn't starting Saturday against Miami.
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Day off Friday
3BMilwaukee Brewers
September 30, 2022
Urias isn't starting Friday against the Marlins.
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Racks up three hits
3BMilwaukee Brewers
September 13, 2022
Urias went 3-for-5 with a double in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Cardinals.
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Sitting in third straight
3BMilwaukee Brewers
August 30, 2022
Urias is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
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Sitting once again Monday
3BMilwaukee Brewers
August 29, 2022
Urias isn't starting Monday against the Pirates, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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