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Luis Urias

Born: 06/03/1997 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9" Weight: 160
Primary Position: 2B
Secondary Position: 3B
Physical/Health
Small frame, narrow shoulders, high waist, some wiry strength, dense lower half, minimal physical projection remaining with room for additional upper-half muscle
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 06/06/2016
Dates Seen 4/7, 4/9, 5/13, 6/1
Affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
Makeup

In the middle of rambunctious Lake Elsinore dugout, seems to get along with teammates, good energy player, top-step guy studies the game

MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2018 High 45 40/bat-first utility infielder Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Tall stance, open, pointed toe; quick hitch, minimal hand load, some stiffness and arm barring, trigger can be inconsistent; moderate leg lift, drifting weight transfer, balanced, moderate separation, hands stay back; steep into zone, strong wrists and forearms, quick bat, average bat speed, linear stroke with negligible leverage, premium barrel control, above-average hand-eye; all-fields hitter, up-the-middle approach, line drive and ground ball contact; advanced approach at young age, picks up spin, tracks, aggressive in zone, will expand up against velocity, struggles to barrel balls on inner third
Power 30 30 raw, 20 present; arms hitter, very infrequent leverage, linear game swing, negligible plane, hasn't learned how to turn on inner-third; fluidity in stroke and advanced approach lend projection to fully actualized raw
Baserunning/Speed 45 4.15 with fluid finish, 4.25, 4.3, 4.5 on a check; high-effort, big arm swings, slow to second gear, heavy feet with limited explosion; raw timing pitchers, future average tool with fringe-average utility
Glove 45 Smooth actions, fluid defender, hands can get firm and stabby, reflexes quick enough for third, shows instincts; average range at second, raw initial reads and first step, below-average lateral agility, better charging the ball; utility at both positions, profiles better at second
Arm 45 40 present; stretched at third, average transfer, some effort to his throws from third, below-average present carry and velocity; solid body control and mechanics on the turn, average accuracy; physical projection for an additional half-grade of arm strength, fringe-average potential
Overall

Signed as an IFA from Mexico in 2013, Urias is an undersized infielder playing this season as one of the youngest players in the California League. He has an approach beyond his years at the dish that combines with a short stroke, strong hand-eye, and premium barrel control to project for a very good contact profile. He lacks strength and can be beaten on the inner-third at present, which is enough to temper expectations for a future plus hit tool. Power will never be a main attraction, but there is some minimal physical projection remaining that, coupled with the advanced bat, should eventually allow him to shoot gaps with greater regularity. The speed, glove, and arm are all adequate for a utility projection, with a second-division regular ceiling at second if the hit tool actualizes in full against higher-level arms.

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