Waiver Wire Guidelines: With San Diego Summoning A Pair Of Top Prospects, Are They Worth Grabbing?

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With this news let’s take a quick look at both players and the potential impact they could make:

Luis Urias – Second Baseman
Finally! It’s been a mystery as to why the Padres haven’t brought him up to the Majors, considering the lack of production they’ve gotten at 2B, but finally the wait is over. Urias is hitting .315 with 19 HR, 50 RBI, 62 R and 7 SB over 295 AB at Triple-A. There is a small risk in terms of his strikeouts, despite an 18.3% strikeout rate, as he posted a 10.7% SwStr% (though he owns a 9.3% SwStr% in the Majors) but it’s not a significant red flag.

You also have to question the home run rate, with a 22.6% HR/FB, and the fact that it’s slowed in recent weeks isn’t shocking (since May 22 he has 7 HR over 175 AB). That said the recent rate is probably more believable, considering he hit just 10 HR between Triple-A and the Majors a year ago.

While the power may have taken a step forward in general, let’s not forget what we wrote about him prior to the season (when we gave him a “B-” grade and ranked him as the Padres’ eight best prospect:

He has a strong control of the strike zone, hitting .296 at Triple-A with a 12.6% walk rate over 533 PA.  It currently doesn’t come with much power (8 HR) or speed (2 SB), meaning he is the type of player who likely will be far more valuable to his real team as opposed to your fantasy squad.

There’s value, but keep the expectations in check.

Fantasy Waiver Wire Guidelines:

  • 10 Team League – Can be added (but not must add)
  • 12 Team League – Worth adding
  • 14+ Team League – Must add
  • NL-Only League – Must add
  • Keeper/Dynasty – Must add

Adrian Morejon – Right-Handed Pitcher
There’s no questioning the upside, but even if he works his way towards the back of San Diego’s bullpen he won’t be anything more than a setup man. That said he could be dominant coming out of the bullpen, as he’s shown recently. He hasn’t worked more than 2.0 innings in each of his past nine appearances, totaling 15.1 IP, allowing 4 ER on 11 H and 4 BB, striking out 16.

Long-term you know San Diego would love to see him find his way back into a starting role, but at 6’0″ and consistently facing injury issues it’s possible his future is as a reliever. Could he develop into a closer at some point? Absolutely, but it won’t be in ’19.

Fantasy Waiver Wire Guidelines:

  • 10 Team League – Don’t add
  • 12 Team League – Don’t add
  • 14+ Team League – Possible add (in leagues that value HLD)
  • NL-Only League – Possible add (in leagues that value HLD)
  • Keeper/Dynasty – Worth add

Sources – Fangraphs, MILB.com

4 COMMENTS

  1. Do you think the White Sox are going to call up Luis Robert any time soon? Eloy just went on the DL and he’s been sitting out the last two games with the knights

    • I tend to doubt it, since they aren’t in contention and would have to add him to the 40-man roster. That said I’ve been surprised before

  2. I’m in 14 teamer w/ OPS. Would you drop either of R. Garcia or D. Murphy for Urias?
    Also sidenote, who do you like best for QS ROS? Lyles, Mahle, or R. Lopez? or should I DL Heaney over Salazar instead of dropping him? Thanks Roto P!

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