San Diego Padres Send Tatis and Urias Down to Minors Camp

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 10: Manager Andy Green
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 10: Manager Andy Green /

The San Diego Padres made a couple of expected camp-moves today, sending Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Luis Urias back to the minor league side of camp in Peoria.

After tearing up the Cactus League on both sides of the chalk for the San Diego Padres this spring, Luis Urias and Fernando Tatis, Jr. were both sent back to the minor league side of Friars’ camp in Peoria, AZ on Tuesday.

Tatis, 19, has wowed in twelve Cactus League appearances, going 9-for-32 at the plate with three doubles, a homer, and eight RBI. He’s also made more than a handful of sparkling defensive plays.

He’s certainly done all he can to prove his worth to the Padres front-office and manager Andy Green and his staff. Tatis’ path this season could very well begin in Double-A San Antonio, but I strongly believe (apparently I have some detractors, meh) that he’ll spend, at the very least, half of his season in El Paso.

If he does struggle, of course, he’ll stick around until he’s ready. But judging by what he was able to accomplish in Peoria this spring, there’s no reason to believe he’ll be stifled at San Antonio.

My future favorite San Diego Padres player, Luis Urias

The San Diego Padres know who they have in Luis Urias. This guy is a quintessential leadoff hitter just waiting for his opportunity. Not only has he played nearly flawless at shortstop and second, he’s hit the ball very well.

In 28 ST at-bats, Urias slashed .286/.394/.464 with five doubles and three RBI. He also walked five times, showing his on-base capabilities. I’ve already profiled his ridiculous statistic in MiLB of amassing more bases-on-balls than RBI in over 1,300 at-bats.

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Again, he’s the quintessential leadoff hitter. That’s really just the start of what we can expect to see from both Tatis and Urias over the next few seasons.

With both expected to be in San Diego within the next season or two (Urias sooner than Tatis, most likely), it’s only a matter of time before we see both of these players doing these amazing things at the major-league level.