Luis Urias is quite a bit such as you. He smiles vast when a clip of a Fernando Tatis bat flip from the Dominican Republic pops onto his social media timeline, a taste of what the Padres’ prime prospect may deliver to Petco Park someday quickly. A lingering hamstring damage has prevented Urias from offering his personal highlights from the Mexican winter league this offseason, although the 21-yr-previous infielder believes he’ll be ready to hit the bottom operating when spring coaching begins next month.
“To be trustworthy, I’m simply taking it straightforward,” Urias stated Saturday morning at Padres FanFest at Petco Park. “I feel like every thing once you pull something or get harm, you’re type of scared to pop it off again. I feel I have time for spring coaching.”
Urias added: “I don’t feel dangerous in any respect. I really feel great.”
Ranked No. three in the Padres farm system by Baseball America, Urias had homered twice and sprinkled in some defensive gems at second base when a left hamstring ended his MLB debut after simply 12 games (.208/.264/.354).
The plan was to play this offseason with Obregon to prepare for his bid to crack his first opening day roster, but that was scrapped when it was clear that Urias wasn’t recovering as shortly as hoped.
“Once I started operating to get stronger, I felt (something),” Urias stated. “It wasn’t one thing dangerous, nevertheless it made me scared to run again. We (decided) to cease somewhat bit and we sort of canceled every thing about winter league simply in case. … I didn’t need to take a danger to go to winter ball.”
With an eye fixed on progressing to be full-go when spring coaching starts in a month, Urias estimates he’s operating, swinging, throwing and fielding at about 70 to 80 %. The place he plays on the sector, nevertheless, is a dialog he has yet to have with Padres supervisor Andy Green, although Urias says he’ll be prepared to play, both.
He played 295 games at second base within the minors, another one hundred ten at shortstop and was in line for an enormous league audition at shortstop last September when he sustained his season-ending hamstring damage.
“I’ve achieved it before (shortstop),” Urias stated. “It is no drawback. It is no huge deal. I get more excited at shortstop. I’ve acquired all my confidence enjoying second base.”
In fact, the place Urias performs depends upon what Padres Common Supervisor A.J. Preller does over the subsequent several weeks.
He has but to find a alternative for shortstop Freddy Galvis or an extended-term reply at third base now that Wil Myers is returning to the outfield. The lone addition for the 2019 squad is second baseman Ian Kinsler, which appears to point that Urias will slide over to shortstop till the 20-yr-previous Tatis is known as up for his massive league debut.
Again, Urias, thinks such as you, Padres followers: It is probably not long the best way Tatis is producing homers and highlight reel plays within the Dominican Republic this winter as he returns from his personal season-ending thumb damage.