Urias homers, Naylor triples in Arizona showcase game
By Mike Rosenbaum
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A big part of the Padres' future was on display in Saturday's Fall Stars Game as Luis Urias and Josh Naylor, two of the younger position players in this year's Arizona Fall League, impressed in several facets of the game in a losing effort for the West team.
The duo accounted for both of the West team's runs and the two hardest-hit balls of the game in a 4-2 loss against the East at Salt River Fields.
Urias, who started at shortstop, excelled on both sides of the ball in the contest. Defensively, the Padres' No. 3 prospect (No. 48 overall) showcased his first-step quickness and range when he made a diving play up the middle before flipping the ball to second baseman Brandon Lowe, who threw to first to complete a 6-4-3 double play.
"I wasn't expecting to start at shortstop tonight, but I made that adjustment," said Urias, who saw more time at shortstop this past season than he previously had at any point in his career. "I feel very comfortable there, but not the same confidence I feel at second base."
The 20-year-old infielder then made his mark at the plate in the following frame with a booming solo home run which knotted the game at 2.
After working a 3-1 count against Albert Alzolay, Urias got every bit of a 96 mph fastball, depositing it well beyond the wall in left-center field. The ball traveled a projected 416 feet, per Statcast™, with an exit velocity of 107.9 mph.
"To be honest I don't know how I hit it out," said Urias, who owns a .324/.460/.514 batting line with a circuit-best 11 walks through 12 games for Peoria in the Fall League. "That's not a big part of my game -- I'm more about getting base hits and hitting line drives. I'm very happy that I could hit the ball that far."
As for Naylor, the Padres' No. 10 prospect showcased his hitting ability and underrated speed when he tripled to open the second inning. The 20-year-old first baseman turned on a Justus Sheffield fastball, ripping it with an exit velocity of 107.5 mph just inside the first-base line past an outstretched Matt Thaiss.
Even more impressive was Naylor's baserunning, as he reached a top sprint speed of 27.7 feet/second while going home to third base in 12.7 seconds. He eventually came in to score in the frame to account for the West's first run before finishing 1-for-4 at the plate.
Urias, meanwhile, went 1-for-2 in the contest before being replaced by Nicky Lopez.
"It's a great opportunity," Urias said. "It feels great to represent the Padres, and I'm very excited to have this opportunity."
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.