Is it time for the San Diego Padres to bring up Luis Urias?
The answer to that question is, yes. For much of the regular season, fans clamored and begged for the Padres to bring up Luis Urias to replace Jose Pirela at second base. After a down season in the hits department, the urge to bring up Urias has cooled off, with a lot of fans now willing to let him remain in El Paso until next season.
While his .265 batting average isn’t what many have come to expect from Urias, his OBP (.379), OPS (.774), and wRC+ (110) are all very close to his numbers last season in San Antonio. Urias has increased his walk rate to 14% and has even tapped into some game-power, knocking out seven home runs (playing in the Pacific Coast League helped that).
There was a legitimate fear that Urias was going to be traded as part of a package for Chris Archer at the trade deadline, luckily the deadline has passed and Urias is still with the Padres. Call him up. Let’s see how the stick looks at the major league level.
If there is one thing he’s been consistent at throughout his minor league career, it’s been getting on base. Maybe his bat doesn’t show itself over these last few weeks but he continues to get on base and the Padres score a few more runs?