San Diego Padres prospect Luis Urias is finally making his MLB debut Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners.
Kevin Acee, San Diego Padres beat writer for the San Diego Union-Tribue, broke the news Padres fans have been waiting for all season last night….prized second base prospect Luis Urias is getting the call and will make his Major League Baseball debut tonight against the Seattle Mariners.
The debate has gone on for months and has intensified over the last few weeks. With the Padres completely out of the playoff picture (a long time ago) and Luis Urias breaking out of his slump and erupting at the plate, many began demanding the call-up of the 21-year-old infield prospect.
On the other side of the fence were those fans who wanted Urias nowhere near the disaster that has become the Padres 2018 season. By keeping Urias down, he could continue to develop his mechanics (did spend a portion of this season struggling to hit the baseball) and experience winning with the El Paso Chihuahuas in the Pacific Coast League. Others yelled service time..blah, blah, blah.
There is no more debating the issue. Luis Urias is a member of the San Diego Padres, hopefully, for good.
What else is there to say that already hasn’t been said? He is a career .306 hitter in his minor league career with a .397 on-base percentage. Kyle Glaser of Baseball America believes that numerous batting titles are in the cards for Urias. His OBP in San Antonio and El Paso both sit at .398.
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Just in case you need a reminder, the Padres have posted team OBP numbers of .298, .299, .299, .300, and .292 over the last five season, commonly finding themselves either dead last or near the bottom for the past decade. You can’t score runs if you don’t get on base, well you can, but you can’t win (ask the Baltimore Orioles).
Luis Urias brings unmatched excitement to the team over the final four-plus weeks of the season. He has the ability to do what very few on this roster can do, get on base and play solid defense at second base.
Over his last ten games in AAA, Urias is hitting .500 (.19-38) with just four strikeouts. His walk total has taken a significant hit in the month of August, but that’s when we started seeing his boom in base hits. He’s being more aggressive at the plate but is still showcasing his outstanding ability to work the count and get on base.