July 25, 2021

What to expect from Luis Urías (Brew Crew Ball)

Last week, the Milwaukee Brewers made their first big splash of the season when they acquired middle infielder Luis Urias.

Urias was a unanimous top-30 prospect in 2019. His claim to fame is his hit tool. FanGraphs gives hit a future grade of 65 and MLB Pipeline goes even higher at 70. He also isn’t the worst defender, granted most of his experience has come at second base. Still, most evaluators believe he can play shortstop fine.

Scouts say Urias has average speed and below average power. Some differ on the 45 grade he gets from both FanGraphs and Pipeline, saying it’s more of a 35-40. The Padres tried to fix that and it led to some problems for Urias that we’ll get into later.

While that review is pretty fun, Urias’ first significant taste of the Majors didn’t live up to the hype. In 249 plate appearances in 2019, Urias hit a pedestrian .223/.328/.326 (Still good enough for a wRC+ of 81, compared to Orlando Arcia’s 61). When Fernando Tatis went down for the season, Urias took over at short and failed to impress. He had nine errors in his 77 attempts, a 0 DRS and -1.2 UZR. That’s not exciting news when Keston Hiura put up 16 errors in his 175 attempts last…

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