Is Luis Urias the answer at second?
Luis Urias was a top 30 prospect in all of Major League Baseball entering the 2019 season and was viewed by many as the future second baseman of the San Diego Padres.
That tune has suddenly changed as Urias has hit just .221 in his first 263 Major League at-bats with 6 home runs.
In the minors, he hit a combined .308 over 2,051 at-bats with 36 home runs and an OPS of .830.
He was outstanding at Triple-A in 2019 hitting .315 with a career-high 19 home runs and an OPS of .998 in 73 games.
Urias showed signs of hope late in 2019 as he hit .300 in September with a couple of home runs and OBP of .371.
That certainly gives Padres fans hope going into 2020.
At this point, Urias has done everything that he can at the minor league level.
And while he’s still young at 22, it’s time to see what he’s made of over a full season in the big leagues.
The Padres have Ian Kinsler (if healthy) as a back-up option in case Urias really struggles again.
But it’s really hard to see him struggling any harder than he did to start 2019 when he hit .091 in his first 55 at-bats.
If Urias can play a solid second base and hit .260 with double-digit home runs and stolen bases, I think Padres fans would be happy. And I think he’s certainly more than capable of making that happen.