Where will the San Diego Padres rookie second baseman rank all-time in franchise history among first-year players?
All season long, San Diego Padres fans clamored for the organization to bring up highly-touted second base prospect Luis Urias. The demands were finally answered on August 28th when the Padres selected the contract of the top-ranked second base prospect in baseball. Despite the sudden and unfortunate end to his season with a hamstring injury, there are high hopes surrounding the 2019 season.
It may only be mid-November, however, it is safe to go ahead and pencil Urias into the starting lineup for next year. If his minor league production is any indication of his major league production, Urias could become one of the top rookie second basemen in San Diego Padres history.
In 467 career minor league games, Urias slashed .302/.397/.405 with an .802 OPS. He hit 17 home runs (eight of them coming with El Paso last season), 87 doubles, and 18 triples while scoring 301 runs, striking out just 244 times and drawing a walk in 220 plate appearances.
His time in the majors was brief but impactful. From his highlight reel plays on defense to his two home runs in 12 games, Urias gave fans a quick glimpse of what is to come.
As we wait for the hot stove to turn on, let’s take a look at some of the top rookie performances from second basemen in San Diego Padres history and see where Urias could rank on this list when his rookie season is over.