Urias was in the starting lineup for San Diego, batting seventh and playing second base and went 1-for-4 in his return after making a few adjustments in the Minors.
“Just timing, trying to be in my legs more,” Urias said. “Trying to have a powerful base to hit, but nothing crazy. Nothing big.”
“We’re excited with what he’s done in the Minor Leagues, and he’s worked hard,” Padres manager Andy Green said before Saturday's loss. “We have him and [ Fernando Tatis Jr.] up the middle. We expect to see that pretty consistently going forward.”
Urias is also ranked as baseball’s No. 19 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The 22-year-old infielder made his Major League debut last August, and he's played 11 games this season, playing mainly second base but also getting a start apiece at third and shortstop. Urias is 2-for-24 with a double this year and 12-for-72 with a pair of home runs in 23 big league games overall.
“I was feeling good. So hopefully I can show off the hard work,” Urias said.
In 73 games at Triple-A this season, Urias was hitting .315/.398/.600 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs.
“He’s worked hard. He’s really defended the field well, too,” Green said. “He’s played a lot of shortstop in Triple-A. He’s played some second base, as well. He’s an above average defender in any spot you put him. Offensively, obviously he’s hit a lot of home runs down there and the numbers line up really well. Just let him go out today and compete. Should be fun."
Urias is not the only top prospect looking to make an impact for the Padres as the team will promote left-hander Adrian Morejon and right-hander Michel Baez. Both are with the team and will be activated before Sunday’s finale vs. the Cubs.
Morejon and Baez rank as the No. 48 and No. 70 prospects, respectively, on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list.
“It’s the dream that everyone wants to have and now it’s come true. I’m super excited and happy,” Baez said. “Probably about three weeks ago, I had some conversations that if I continued to pitch well and kept doing my job, I could be here.”
Morejon’s role could be a bit different as the Padres may look to utilize his talents in multiple ways. Morejon, 20, has been used in an opener role this season. The young southpaw is 0-4 with a 4.25 in 16 opens this season.
“I think at first, [opening] was a little bit uncomfortable for me, but I knew it was something I had to do. I ended up talking with our Double-A manager and pitching coach and got more comfortable with it and got better.”
Following Saturday’s game the team announced that Morejon will start Sunday’s series finale vs. Chicago.
“They are two talented young arms. Morejon from the left side, Baez from the right side. Guys that can learn here,” Green said. “They’re going to pitch when they pitch. We’re going to try to take care of them with the proper rest. Morejon has been used in more of the opener role in the Minor Leagues outside of the Futures Game, and he did really well. We’ll see how his role evolves. We’re excited to have two more real arms in the bullpen.”