The San Diego Padres appear poised to promote second base prospect Luis Urias from the minor leagues in time for Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners.
Fans of the San Diego Padres have been waiting patiently for “the next wave” to arrive with the major league club. On Aug. 28, one of the team’s best prospects will arrive.
Kevin Acee, Padres beat writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, tweeted on Aug. 27 that second base prospect Luis Urias will be called up to the Padres.
Urias has spent the entire season in Triple-A El Paso. He is ranked as the Padres’ No. 4 prospect, and is ranked No. 22 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list.
Urias recorded a .296/.398/.447 triple-slash line with a 127 wRC+ through 120 games with the Chihuahuas. He’s been on a hot streak as of late, hitting .500 over his last 10 games. The second baseman has six multi-hit games in that span.
The Padres have called up several prospects over the past month, but they have all been pitching prospects.
Before Urias, the only position player to be called up was Franmil Reyes. Urias has long been touted as the “second baseman of the future.” During the 2018 season, the position had been held down by Jose Pirela, Cory Spangenberg, and even Christian Villanueva. Urias should be given the majority of the playing time moving forward.
A corresponding move has not yet been announced by the Padres.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) August 27, 2018
Urias joins the Padres ahead of their three-game series against the Mariners.
Calling up the young second baseman should inject some excitement into the Padres fan base. The team sits dead last in the National League with a 50-83 record, and have the third-worst record in the majors.