Urias was re-assigned to minor-league camp on Tuesday.
This comes as no surprise, as Urias only has 15 plate appearances under his belt at Triple-A. He hit .286/.394/.464 with a 6:5 K:BB in 28 spring at-bats, more than holding his own as a 20-year-old in big-league camp. True to form, he didn't hit a home run or steal a base. The 5-foot-9 second baseman has one of the best hit tools in the minors and should make his big-league debut this summer.
Urias will join fellow top-prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. at big league camp as the Padres prepare to give the pair of promising young infielders a look during spring. The 20-year-old Urias spent all of last season with Double-A San Antonio, hitting .296/.398/.380 while walking more than he struck out (65:68 K:BB) across 118 games. While he hasn't displayed much speed or power in the minors, there are few players his age with higher quality hit tools. Still, Urias is expected to open the season in the minors, though he could make his major-league debut as early as summer if he continues to impress on the farm.
Urias (ankle) has returned to action for Double-A San Antonio.
He missed two weeks with a sprained ankle, but returned Sunday, going 0-for-3 with a walk. Urias, who turned 20 on June 3, is sixth in the Texas League with a .315 average and first in the league with a .413 on-base percentage. There will always be concerns about his ability to make enough impact on offense to be an above-average fantasy option, given his listed measurements of 5-foot-9, 160 pounds. However, there are few hitters in the minors with better hit tools, and he should have no problem earning everyday at-bats in San Diego when he is ready for the majors. At the very least, he should be an asset in runs and batting average while potentially qualifying at shortstop and second base.
Urias is in a walking boot after spraining his left ankle with Double-A San Antonio, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
This likely explains why the top prospect was removed from Saturday's contest after just one at-bat. It's unclear how severe the injury is, although the fact that he's already in a walking boot certainly doesn't instill much confidence in anyone. Consider Urias day-to-day until more information is known about his status.
Urias (back) returned to the lineup Friday for Double-A San Antonio. He is hitting .304/.401/.401 with two home run, six steals (on 10 attempts) and a sterling 41:45 K:BB in 299 at-bats.
Urias is the youngest hitter in the Texas League, so the fact that he has more walks than strikeouts is quite impressive. It is unclear how much power will come in future years, but he clearly has one of the best hit tools in the minors, and could be manning the keystone for San Diego at some point in 2018.
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