Luis Urias
Luis Urias
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Milwaukee Brewers
Covid-19
Injury Illness
Est. Return 7/24/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Traded to the Brewers in November of 2019.
Placed on injured list
2BMilwaukee Brewers
Illness
July 11, 2020
Urias (illness) hit the injured list for undisclosed reasons Saturday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Teams have been hesitant to share details when similar transactions are coronavirus-related, but given that Urias was known to have tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the month, it's quite likely that's the reason for this move. Urias was brought over in a trade with the Padres over the winter, presumably to compete for the shortstop job, but his absence could prevent him from being ready for game action by Opening Day.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
19
26
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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1
1
11
6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+76%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+56%
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 .954 73 11 3 14 0 .371 .397 .557
Since 2017vs Right .541 229 21 3 15 1 .166 .293 .249
2019vs Left .892 60 9 2 12 0 .351 .383 .509
2019vs Right .572 189 18 2 12 0 .177 .312 .259
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
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .663 150 18 2 15 1 .230 .353 .310
Since 2017Away .633 152 14 4 14 0 .212 .283 .350
2019Home .654 124 15 1 13 0 .233 .363 .291
2019Away .653 125 12 3 11 0 .214 .296 .357
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 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
0.45
 
BB Rate
10.0%
 
K Rate
22.5%
 
BABIP
.284
 
ISO
.102
 
AVG
.223
 
OBP
.329
 
SLG
.326
 
OPS
.655
 
wOBA
.301
 
Exit Velocity
87.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.5%
 
Barrels/PA
2.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
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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Tests positive for coronavirus
2BMilwaukee Brewers
Illness
July 6, 2020
Manager Craig Counsell revealed Monday that Urias tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the start of the Brewers' summer camp last week, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Spring debut pushed back
2BMilwaukee Brewers
Wrist
March 13, 2020
Urias (wrist) did not make his spring debut Thursday as anticipated with both split-squad games on the Brewers' schedule being rained out.
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Spring debut set for Thursday
2BMilwaukee Brewers
Wrist
March 11, 2020
Manager Craig Counsell said Urias (wrist) will make his Cactus League debut in Thursday's split-squad game against the Diamondbacks, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Could see game action this week
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Wrist
March 8, 2020
Urias (wrist) began facing live pitching Sunday and is hoping to start Cactus League games within the week, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Could be cleared for live hitting
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Wrist
March 5, 2020
Urias (wrist) has another checkup with a hand surgeon Friday, and he could be cleared to hit live pitching and appear in Cactus League games as soon as next week, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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