2. Luis Urias Cements Role As Super Utility Infielder
It’s been a crazy year for Luis Urias. Coming into the season, the original plan was to split time at third base with Travis Shaw and be Orlando Arcia’s backup at shortstop. Then, just a week into the season, the Brewers traded Arcia to the Atlanta Braves for a pair of relievers.
Urias had some definite ups and downs as the everyday shortstop. After about a week games with multiple errors, the team traded another pair of relievers for Willy Adames and reliever Trevor Richards from the Tampa Bay Rays in late May. The reaction at first was puzzling, and fans thought they were already giving up on Urias. That didn’t appear to be the case at all. David Stearns revealed that he had his eye on Adames for years now, and was finally able to bring him to Milwaukee.
Urias was back as a utility infielder for a bit. Then a month later, Travis Shaw suffered a serious shoulder injury. He went on the 60-day IL and Urias was back to playing third base almost every day. Then, near the trade deadline, the Brewers brought in Eduardo Escobar to be the everyday third baseman and sometimes first base. Urias has bounced all over this season.
The Willy Adames trade meant less starts for Urias, but it didn’t impact his play. If anything, it improved it. Urias became quick friends with Willy and also started to improve on the field. Luis has some spectacular defensive plays this year, especially at third. When Adames came to the team, Urias was batting .208. with four home runs and 23 RBIs. He is now batting .248 with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs. In August alone, he is batting .340 and a .617 slugging percentage.
Urias is now a utility infielder along with Jace Peterson, an unlikely pair of players that are contributing on offense and defense for the Crew. It gives the Brewers an added depth heading into September and both will almost certainly make the roster if they make the playoffs. He’s only 24, and quickly becoming one of Milwaukee’s key depth pieces.