Urias went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk Monday for Triple-A El Paso in its 6-3 win over Reno.
Prior to his two-hit performance Monday, Urias was in the midst of his longest offensive drought of the season, as he had gone 1-for-20 over the previous six contests. Urias still drew five walks during the rough patch and maintains a 26:27 BB:K across 151 plate appearances this season, displaying the kind of plate discipline that should make him a fixture atop the order for the Padres before long. Urias remains on track to earn a promotion to San Diego at some point this season, and his timetable for a callup could be accelerated if primary second baseman Jose Pirela fails to dramatically improve upon the unremarkable .265/.324/.347 batting line he's sporting for the campaign.
Urias went 4-for-5 with a home run, a pair of doubles, a walk and four runs for Triple-A El Paso in its 14-12 loss to Albuquerque on Sunday.
Four-hit performances are nothing too out of the ordinary for Urias, who boasts arguably the best hit tool of any prospect in the minors, but the increased power he has displayed upon moving to the Pacific Coast League this season has been a pleasant surprise. After adding three extra-base knocks to his ledger Sunday, Urias' slugging percentage is now up .463, which is 83 points above the mark he posted in 2017 at Double-A San Antonio. Though the non-contending Padres don't have much urgency to push their top prospects through the system this season, Urias has earned a promotion based on merit and shouldn't have to wait too much longer to get a look in the big leagues with the trio of Jose Pirela, Freddy Galvis and Carlos Asuaje offering little impact at the middle-infield spots.
Urias (hamstring) rejoined the Triple-A El Paso lineup Sunday in the club's 6-4 loss to Salt Lake, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances and doubling twice.
Urias had been held out of El Paso's previous three games with a minor hamstring injury, but his flawless showing at the plate Sunday should put to rest any concerns about the 20-year-old's health. Power may not be a major part of Urias' game -- the two doubles represent 40 percent of his extra-base hit total this season -- but few prospects at any level of the minors can match the second baseman's combination of contact and on-base skills. Urias seems likely to supplant Carlos Asuaje as the Padres' everyday second baseman at some point this season and could quickly earn a spot near the top of the order.
Urias was removed from Wednesday's game with a minor leg injury after stumbling over first base during his first at-bat, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Urias will likely be back in action in the coming days since Triple-A El Paso is listing him as day-to-day for the time being. The infielder is hitting .265/.367/.368 with two home runs and six RBI over the course of 17 games in 2018.
Urias went 2-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two RBI and three runs Sunday for Triple-A El Paso in its 9-6 win over Las Vegas.
Urias has reached base in seven straight contests and now sports a .269/.372/.373 line through 78 plate appearances. The batting average is actually something of a disappointment considering Urias has hit no worse than .290 at any stop in the minors, but his 10:15 BB:K suggests that he's still taking a solid approach at the plate.The second baseman shouldn't be expected to offer much juice in the home-run or stolen-base categories, but his impressive hit tool could make him a mainstay near the top of the order for the Padres once he gets the call to the majors.
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