Giovanny Urshela... Pronounced “urr-SHEL-lah...On Twitter: @Urshela10 and Instagram: @urshela10...Married to Danna (Delgado)...Couple has one daughter, Gianna...In February 2021, was named an official Health Ambassador for Hackensack Meridian Health...in the role, engaged with pediatric patients through virtual visits and other events at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovananian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, NJ and other locations throughout the network...Just the third player to play for the Angels with the surname starting with “U”: Tim Unroe (1999) and Justin Upton (2017-21).
In first season with Minnesota, set new career highs in hits (143), walks (41) and games played (144)...Finished tied for first on Twins in games, tied for second in RBI (64), third in hits and fourth in runs scored (61)...Marked second career 20 2B/10 HR season of career (also, 2019)...Appeared in 136 games at third base, posting a .983 fielding percentage, good for third in the American League...Hit .310 (78/252) in 73 home games, the seventh-best mark in the American League and 11th in baseball...Recorded 500th career hit Aug. 28 vs. San Francisco...Became fourth Colombian-born player in AL/NL history with 500 career hits, joining Donovan Solano, Orlando Cabrera and Edgar Rentería...Tallied 100th career double the following night, August 29 vs. Boston...Appeared in 600th game of career Oct. 3 at the White Sox...Collected two walk-off hits (third and fourth of career): May 23 vs. Detroit and Aug. 1st vs. Detroit...Was Club’s Opening Day third baseman, batting fourth on April 8 vs. Seattle...Hit 50th major league home run that day, becoming third Colombian-born player in big league history to reach that mark, joining Edgar Rentería (140) and Orlando Cabrera (123)...Acquired by the Twins with Gary Sanchez from the Yankees on March 13 in exchange for Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt.
Hit .150 (6-for-40) with one double, one triple, one HR, two RBI and one walk in 14 spring training games...Reached base in 29 of his first 33 games from April 1-May 15, hitting .303 (36-for-119) over that span...Recorded 18-game on-base streak at Yankee Stadium from April 5-May 27...Placed on the COVID-19 injured list on April 9 due to side effects from vaccination...missed one game and was reinstated April 10...Tied his career-high in hits (third time, first since Sept. 22, 2020 at Toronto) April 11 at Tampa Bay, going 4-for-5...Had career-high 23-game on-base streak from April 14-May 15...batted .321/.371/.519 (26-for-81) over the span...Removed in the top of the eighth inning April 21 vs. Atlanta with lower back tightness...did not play April 22 at Cleveland...Placed on the COVID-19 injured list July 16...missed eight-team games...was reinstated on July 25...Placed on the 10-day Injured List on Aug. 3 (retro 8/1) with a left hamstring strain...missed 23 team games...appeared in two rehab games with Double-A Somerset; reinstated Aug. 26...Recorded a season-high 12-game hitting streak from September 19-October 2, batting .364/.378/.545 (16-for-44)...Made a diving catch into the dugout on October 3 vs. Tampa Bay which was named MLB’s “Play of the Week.”...Started at third base in the AL Wild Card Game at Boston and went 1-for-3...Nine of his 14 home runs either tied the game (3) or gave the Yankees the lead (6).
Hit .298/.368/.490 (45-for-151) with 24R, 11 doubles, 6HR and 30RBI in 43 games with the Yankees...Was one of three finalists for the AL Gold Glove at 3B…posted an AL-best 5.4 UZR (next: Moncada-3.5), while his .992 fielding percentage was best among all Major League third basemen...Reached base safely in his first 14 games of the season from 7/23-8/8 (Game 2)…during the streak, batted .341/.423/.636 (15-for-44) with 10R, 4 doubles, 3HR, 13RBI, 7BB and 1SB…was tied for the third-longest on-base streak by a Yankee to start his season since 2015 (Luke Voit-first 31G in 2019; Jacoby Ellsbury-first 18G in 2017; Mike Ford-first 14G in 2019)...Made his first career Opening Day roster…started at 3B on Opening Day at Washington and went 1-for-2 with 1R and 1BB...Homered in consecutive games (7/31 and 8/1 vs. Boston) for the third time in his career (also three straight from 8/4-8/19 and two in-a-row from 7/15-18/19)...Hit his first career grand slam in the second inning on 8/1 vs. Boston (1-for-3, 1R, 1HR, 4RBI, 1BB, 1SB)…matched his career high with 4RBI (fifth time, first since 8/8/19 at Toronto)…collected his second career stolen base (also 4/22/19 at Los Angeles-AL)...Over his final 21 games (8/20-9/27), hit .351 (27-for-77) with 10R, 7 doubles, 2HR and 14RBI...Had a 16-game on-base streak from Game 2 on 8/26-9/24…was the third-longest on-base streak of his career (22G from 7/22-8/16/19 and 21G from 6/11-7/4/15)...Entered Game 1 of 8/30 doubleheader vs. the Mets as a fifth-inning pinch-hitter (remained in the game at 3B) and hit a “walk-off” single in the bottom of the eighth (1-for-3, 1RBI)…was his second career “walk-off” hit (also 5/17/19 vs. Tampa Bay, single) and the first by a Yankee since Mike Ford’s “walk-off” HR on 9/1/19 vs. Oakland...Had a season-high 13-game hitting streak from 8/31-9/24…during the stretch, batted .451/.483/.627 (23- for-51) with 8R, 6 doubles, 1HR, 11RBI and 5BB…matched the longest hitting streak of his career (third time, 6/20-7/4/15 and 7/22-8/8/19)…was the longest hitting streak by a Yankee in 2020...Had three straight multi-hit games from 9/1-3 and hit .400/.500/.650 (8-for-20) with 3R, 2 doubles, 1HR, 5RBI and 4BB in his last 6G before being placed on the IL…was part of a career-high-tying four-game multi-hit streak from 9/1-15 (also 8/11-13/19)...Was placed on the 10-day injured list from 9/4-15/20 with a right elbow bone spur, missing 11 team games...Tied his career high with 4H on 9/22 at Toronto (also 4H on 7/27/19 at Boston)...Hit .179 (5-for-28) with 4R, 1HR, 5RBI and 2BB in seven postseason games…was 3-for-9 with 3R, 1HR and 5RBI in the AL Wild Card Series at Cleveland…hit a go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning of ALWCS Game 2, becoming the first third baseman in franchise history to hit a grand slam in the postseason…was the 13th player in Yankees history to hit a grand slam in the playoffs (first since Didi Gregorius in 2019 ALDS Game 2 vs. Minnesota)…was just the third go-ahead postseason grand slam in franchise history, joining Tino Martinez in 1998 World Series Game 1 (tied 5-5) and Gil McDougald in 1951 World Series Game 5 (tied 1-1)…his 4RBI in the game matched his career high (sixth time, regular and postseason)...Underwent surgery on 12/4 to remove a bone chip from his right elbow…the surgery was performed by Yankees Head Team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Hit .314/.355/.534 (139-for-442) with 73R, 34 doubles, 21HR, 74RBI and 25BB in 132 games with the Yankees after joining the team on 4/6 and remaining with the club for the rest of the season..entered the year with 8HR and 39RBI in his first 167 career games..led the team in doubles...Made 112 starts (109 at 3B, 3 at DH), reaching safely in 93 of those starts..Hit .333 (36-for-108) with runners in scoring position..ranked second in the Majors with a .625 (5-for-8) average with the bases loaded (min. 10PA)…hit .272 (66-for-243) with two strikes, the third-best such average in the Majors...Was one of 10 American Leaguers to hit at least .300 (min. 400AB) and collect 50 extra-base hits...Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/WB on 4/6 and made his Yankees debut that night...Collected his first hit as a Yankee with a fourth-inning double and set a career high by reaching safely four times (2H, 1BB, 1HP) in 4/7 win at Baltimore...Went 2-for-5 with 2RBI, 1SF and 1SB in 4/22 win at Los Angeles-AL, recording a go-ahead sac fly in the 12th inning and a game-winning RBI single in the 14th inning...Hit his first HR as a Yankee on 4/25 at Los Angeles-AL (first since 5/19/18 vs. Oakland w/ Toronto)...Batted cleanup on 4/26 at San Francisco, his first career start in that spot in the starting lineup...Was removed from 4/28 win at San Francisco after being hit by a pitch on the left hand (X-rays were negative)...Hit a game-tying two-run HR in the ninth inning on 5/7 vs. Seattle, his first career game-tying hit in the ninth-or-later (has two tie-breaking, go-ahead hits in extra innings)..the HR had a Win Probability Added (WPA) of +47%, taking the Yankees' chances of winning from 11% to 58%..was the Yankees' first go-ahead or game-tying HR when trailing in the ninth inning or later since 5/29/18 vs. Houston (Brett Gardner game-tying two-run HR in the ninth off Chris Devenski)...On 5/12, made his first career start in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, hitting a two-run double in the ninth...Collected his first career "walk-off" hit with a two-out RBI single over the CF Kevin Kiermaier's head to cap a three-run ninth inning on 5/17 vs. Tampa Bay...Had a career-high 4BB on 6/9 at Cleveland, most by a Yankee since Aaron Judge on 9/4/17 at Baltimore (also 4BB)..had just 4BB over his prior 28 games...Matched his career high with 4RBI in Game 1 on 6/11 vs. the Mets..doubled and homered in the game...Made his first career appearance in the OF as a left-field defensive replacement on 7/25 at Boston...Had a career-best 22-game on-base streak from 7/22-8/16, batting .467/.489/.900 (42-for-90) with 23R, 12 doubles, 9HR, 21RBI and 4BB over the stretch..reached multiple times in 16 of those 22G...Had a career-high-tying 13-game hitting streak from 7/22-8/8 (also 13G from 6/20-7/4/15)..had 16XBH during the streak (.444, 24-for-54, 15R, 9 doubles, 7HR, 14RBI)..doubled in five straight games from 7/22-28, the longest such streak by a Yankee since Robinson Canó in 2005 (also five straight)...Over a 32-game stretch from 7/27-9/9, hit .408/.431/.728 (51-for-125) with 25R, 13 doubles, 9HR and 22RBI..during the span, led the Majors in batting average and ranked third in on-base pct., slugging and OPS (1.159)...Hit safely in 12 consecutive home games from 7/30-8/16, batting .489/.510/.702 (23-for-47) with 10R, 4 doubles, 2HR and 7RBI...Homered in five of seven games from 8/4-12 (Game 1), hitting 7HR with 14RBI total over the span...Collected his first career multi-HR game on 8/7 at Baltimore..also homered twice the following night at Toronto (8/8)..was one of six players with consecutive multi-HR games in 2019 (also Oakland's Khris Davis and Matt Chapman, Toronto's Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Minnesota's Eddie Rosario and Los Angeles-NL's Joc Pederson)..was the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Aaron Judge in 2017..became the second player in Yankees history to record his first two career multi-HR games on back-to-back days, joining Bill Skowron (7/28-29/56)-credit: STATS, Inc...was part of a stretch in which he homered in a career-best three straight games from 8/6-8 (5HR total)..according to Elias, became the seventh player in Yankees history to hit 5HR over a three-game span and first since Alex Rodriguez from 9/5-8/07...Had multiple hits in four straight games from 8/11-13..had 3H in each of 3G from 8/12-13 (including both games of 8/12 doubleheader vs. Baltimore), the first Yankee to record three consecutive three-hit games since Alfonso Soriano did so in four straight from 8/13-16/13..was the first Yankee since Brett Gardner (5/14/17 vs. Houston) to collect 3H in both ends of a doubleheader...Went 10-for-18 (.556) with 6R, 2 doubles, 1HR and 3RBI during the Yankees' four-game series vs. Baltimore from 8/12-14..was the first Yankee to record at least 10H in a series since Robinson Canó and Alfonso Soriano both had 10H in a four-game series vs. Los Angeles-AL from 8/12-15/13...Each of his 17 games played from 8/20-9/15 came on the road...Was placed on the 10-day injured list from 8/30 (retroactive to 8/29) through 9/8 with a left groin injury...Hit his first career pinch-hit home run in Game 2 on 9/12 at Detroit, one of four pinch-hit HR by a Yankee in 2019 (also Aaron Hicks on 7/5 at Tampa Bay and Mike Ford on 9/1 vs. Oakland and 9/14 at Toronto)..was his 20th home run of the season, becoming the seventh Yankee to reach the plateau in 2019...Was removed from the game in the seventh inning on 9/24 at Tampa Bay after being hit by a pitch on his left hand in the sixth..X-rays were negative...Was removed from the Yankees' season finale on 9/29 at Texas for precautionary reasons in the fourth inning with a mild left ankle sprain...Started each of the Yankees' nine postseason games at 3B, hitting .242 (8-for-33) with 4R, 1 double, 2HR and 2RBI…hit his first career postseason home run in ALCS Game 1 at Houston…reached base safely four times in ALCS Game 6 at Houston (3-for-3, 2R, 1HR, 1RBI, 1BB), hitting a fourth-inning solo HR.
Began the year on the Cleveland disabled list with a right hamstring strain from 3/29 (retro 3/26) to 5/4… played in 11 rehab games with Triple-A Columbus and hit .324 (12-for-37) with 6R, 4 doubles, 7RBI and 5BB… was reinstated from the 10-day D.L. on 5/4 and designated for assignment… was traded to the Blue Jays on 5/9… appeared in 19 games for Toronto, hitting .233 (10-for-43) with 7R, 1 double, 1HR and 3RBI… scored a career-high 3R on 6/10 vs. Baltimore… was designated for assignment on 6/26 and outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo on 7/3… hit .244 (21-for-86) with 7R, 3 doubles, 5RBI and 4BB in 24 games with Buffalo… was acquired by the Yankees on 8/4… finished the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting .307 (31-for-101) with 14R, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2HR and 12RBI in 27 games… hit .382/.475/.588 (13-for-34) with 5R, 4 doubles, 1HR, 3RBI and 5BB in nine playoff games for the RailRiders… following the season, batted .229 (22-for-96) with 11R, 9 doubles, 1HR, 10RBI and 4BB in 26 games for the Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League.
Split the season between AAA Columbus and Cleveland, providing a very solid defense at third base and shortstop while showing improvement at the plate...Was also a late-inning, solid defensive option for Terry Francona...Was with the Indians on June 17 (started night game of doubleheader at Minnesota) and the entire second half starting on July 9 when Jason Kipnis went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury...At Columbus, batted .266 (79/297) with 12 doubles, 6 home runs and 34 RBI in 76 games (.321/.374/.695), appearing in 60 games at third base and 16 games at shortstop for the Clippers...Hit .307 (35/114) in May with 3 2B, 3 HR & 10 RBI in 29 games...Batted .278 (40/144) with runners on base at Triple-A. Overall appeared in 60 games at third base (36 starts) , 5 games at shortstop (1 start) and made 3 starts at second base in September (also 2 games at first base)...First career defensive appearance at short and second base in his Major League career...Reached base safely in 13 of his last 18 starts with Cleveland...From August 24-end of the season he batted .260 (19/73) with 5 2B, 1 HR and 12 RBI over his final 35 games...Drove in a single-game career-high 4 runs on August 24 vs. Boston...Recorded a .959 fielding pct. at third base (4E, 98TC)...Hit .273 (15/55) with runners on base and .304 (7/23) with runner-on and 2 outs...Hit first home run since Sept. 14, 2015 on Sept. 22 at Seattle (Erasmo Ramirez)...Appeared at all four infield positions... Pronounced /urr-SHEL-lah/.
Spent the entire season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers...Hit .274 on the year, but with only 15 walks posted a season on-base pct. of .294...Did not walk over 56 straight games from June 12-August 14...Hit in 21-straight games from July 7-August 8 and was named International League Player of the Week, August 1-7 (14-for-28, 2 HR, 12 RBI)... Also IL named IL Player of the Week from April 25-May 1...Hit .327 (32-98) in August with 7 2B, 2 HR & 20 RBI in 26 games...Was on the Minor League DL from May 12-24 with a strained right hamstring...Was tied for 10th in the Int'l League with 128 hits...Batted .313 (5-16) with 2 2B and 2 RBI in the International League playoffs (4 games)...Hit a pair of solo homers on July 20 vs. Louisville...Batted .282 (29-103) off left-handed pitching, but did not homer off a lefty all season...Hit .271 (99-365) off RHP with 20 2B, 8 HR & 46 RBI...Hit .323 (60-186) with 13 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR & 30 RBI in 46 games in the second half to conclude the season...Hit .309 (64-207) with runners on base for the year and .307 (42-137) with RISP...Made only 9 errors in 104 games at third base for a season fielding pct. of .970 (300TC)...Also appeared in 5 games at shortstop... After the season batted .337 (57-169) with 16 2B, 3 HR & 33 RBI (23 runs) in a strong winter ball performance for Aguilas del Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League (.352/.485/.837)...Was T-1st in the league in doubles and 6th in average.
Spent the last four months of the season at the Major League level, his first taste of big league action after June 9th recall from AAA Columbus...Started the season on the Triple-A disabled list with lower back inflammation after not appearing in an exhibition game all spring with back issues...Season began on April 23, batting .272 (22-81) with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 9 RBI in 22 games (.298/.469/.767)...Was on the Columbus DL with lower back inflammation from May 6-20...Made his Major League debut on June 9 vs. Seattle and collected his first hit (Tom Wilhelmsen) and first home run (Vidal Nuno) on June 11 vs. Seattle (2-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI)...Collected a career-high 3 hits on August 4 at LA Angels and connected for a game-winning home run in the 12th inning of that 2-0 win...Hit in a season/career-high 13 straight games, June 20-July 4, and reached base safely via hit or walk in 21 straight games from June 11-July 4...The 13-game hitting streak was the second-longest by an Indians batter in 2015 (also hit in 9 straight games, July 21-30)...Batted .253 (25-99) with 10 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBI in 31 first half games before hitting .208 (35-for-168) in the 2nd half with 6 2B, one 3B, 4 HR and 14 RBI in 50 games...Was bothered by right shoulder soreness over much of the second half and did not play from Sept. 18-30...From July 31 thru the end of the season he batted .186 (24-for-129) in 38 games...Was very good defensively at third base, making 76 starts (80 games) at the hot corner while recording a fielding pct. of .969 (192 TC, 6 E)...Finished with a UZR of 4.1, 5th-highest among A.L. third basemen (min. 600 innings)...Batted .223 (25-for-112) with runners on base and .185 (12-for-65) with RISP.
Sp ent most of the season at AAA Columbus after starting the year at AA Akron, hitting a combined .280 (136-485) with 36 doubles, 6 triples, 18 home runs, 84 RBI and 78 runs scored between the two affiliates on his way to winning the club Minor League player of the year award ... Promoted to Columbus on May 2...On the season, Urshela ranked 2nd in the Indians organization in RBI (84), 1st in runs (78), 3rd in hits (136) and 4th in home runs (18) ... Compiled a .977 fielding pct. at Columbus (5E, 220TC, 17DP)...Over his last 79 games with Columbus he batted .293 (88-300) with 52 runs, 22 2B, 5 3B, 10 HR and 51 RBI...Combined on the year he hit .315 (46-146) with runners in scoring position ... Added to the 40-man roster on November 20...Named an organizational all-star by MILB.com. Spent most of the season at AAA Columbus after starting the year at AA Akron, hitting a combined .280 (136-485) with 36 doubles, 6 triples, 18 home runs, 84 RBI and 78 runs scored between the two affiliates on his way to winning the club Minor League player of the year award...P romoted to Columbus on May 2...On the season, Urshela ranked 2nd in the Indians organization in RBI (84), 1st in runs (78), 3rd in hits (136) and 4th in home runs (18)...Compiled a .977 fielding pct. at Columbus (5E, 220TC, 17DP)...Over his last 79 games with Columbus he batted .293 (88-300) with 52 runs, 22 2B, 5 3B, 10 HR and 51 RBI...Combined on the year he hit .315 (46-146) with runners in scoring position ... Added to the 40-man roster on November 20...Named an organizational all-star by MILB.com.
Spent entire season at AA Akron where he was tabbed Indians Minor League Player of the Week two weeks into the year, hitting .333 (10-30) with 4 doubles, a home run and 7 RBI throughout the week of 4/15-22.
Named Indians Minor League Player of the Week and Carolina League Batter of the Week for 8/ 6-13...Following the season, was rated as having the Best Infield Arm in the organization in Baseball America's Best Tools Survey.
Ranked 4th in the Midwest League in at-bats (505).