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Padres call up Luis Urias, hit him leadoff

Another top prospect in the Padres’ organization is joining the big-league club and looking to add another spark to the team.

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
He does this before every pitch.
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Yeah, it’s probably too early to throw dirt on Ian Kinsler, but this is a pretty incredible sign that the San Diego Padres are not willing to lose a couple of games in the name of patience:

Luis Urias is one of the Padres top prospects and is expected to share the San Diego infield with Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Eric Hosmer for years to come. No reason why that can’t start tonight.

If you missed him in his short tenure with the Padres last year (just 12 games before getting injured), here’s your refresher:

Urias is slight in size and offers minimal power, but he does just about everything else well. His ability to hit the ball for a high batting average is elite, as are his defensive abilities at second base, and he can get on base as well.

The other side of this news is the injuries to Aaron Loup and Franchy Cordero. Franchy’s 2018 ended early after elbow surgery to remove a bone spur, so hopefully this is much less severe and he can return in the next week or two. For as strong as the Padres infield is, there are still some real question marks in the outfield.