Milwaukee Brewers fans have not been treated to the so-to-speak cream of the crop at the shortstop position the past several years.
Former top prospect, Orlando Arcia, was given more than a fair chance at securing the position. In six seasons with Milwaukee, he never panned out the way the Brewers and their fans imagined. Arcia slashed .244/.293/.364 in his stint with Milwaukee. He did showcase some pop in 2017 where he hit fifteen longballs and batted a respectful .277/.324/.407. In 2021, the Brewers exchanged Arcia for two pitching prospects, Chad Sobotka and Patrick Weigel.
It’s Urias’s time to shine
Now begins the era of Luis Urias. Now that Urias has been given the starting role, he has gotten off to a rough start, but that does not mean he should be written off just yet. Urias is the former top second base prospect in baseball he has yet to harness his true potential, but in the minors, he swatted .305/.403/.511, with 28 home runs and drove in 98 runs in three seasons in Triple-A.
So far in his two seasons in Milwaukee, he has shown promise and we have seen that he knows how to make some dazzling defensive plays. Sure, he has some errant throws here and there but let us not forget he is only 23 years old and will most likely develop to a point where he finds his plus defensive side. As for Urias on the offensive side of the ball, he has shown much improvement. In his brief time with the crew, he has slashed .223/.313/.330.
Those numbers don’t jump off the page to even the casual fan, but let’s look at what he has done recently. In his last 28 games, Urias hasn’t hit for a very high average, but the stat lines don’t tell the whole story. If you have watched any recent Brewers games, then you have seen his approach at the plate shows he is starting to mature as a ballplayer.
Urias is drawing more walks. He leads the Brewers in walks with 18. This is pretty funny, seeing how on first pitch counts is where he is finding most of his success at the dish. Urias is hitting a massive .429/.429/.1.214 when hitting the first pitch he sees. He has also hit three of his four home runs on the first pitch.
How is his glove?
Now comes the fun part and the main reason Brewer fans are concerned with Urias. This season, he has had a couple of games where the error bug really bit him, but is he really a bad defender? In 2021 Urias, has committed just seven errors compared to his 68 assists in his 114 chances. Urias has played in 302.0 innings at shortstop. He also will have the benefit of working alongside gold glover, Kolten Wong for the next couple of seasons to help him become a more fluid defender.
All in all, Urias is a very young and talented player that still needs time to develop into his true major league self. Fans we should not be so quick to judge a player just because he gets the case of the yips now and again.