Ian Kinsler and Luis Urias seem to be in the middle of a platoon at the second base position moving forward. Can the Padres utilize this concept the entire 2019 season, or are things getting too complicated for the team?
There is no doubt that Luis Urias has a bright future in major league baseball.
He has all the skills to be a consistent, everyday second baseman for years to come. The infielder is only 21, and will surely only improve his skills in time.
Presently, the San Diego Padres have Ian Kinsler on their roster. He is the eldest player on the team and a mentor for the youth on the squad. The right-handed hitter is not a vocal leader but instead chooses to go about preparing and playing the game in the correct manner. If a younger player wants to learn or has a question, he is open to discussing. However, don’t expect Kinsler to get in your face and demand respect.
For a young team trying to find an identity, this is precisely what they need. A veteran to learn from who has been through the battles of a major league season and is still playing the game at a high level. Kinsler is a 36-year-old veteran who demands a prospect to take the initiative in asking questions to get better. You only improve in the game by soaking up information from your teammates. Young players cannot be complacent.
For Kinsler, he has slow down offensively with his bat over the past few seasons. He may still be a decent defensive glove, but can the Padres get more out of the right-handed hitter with the bat? Kinsler has started slow, and with that, the Padres recalled Luis Urias from Triple-A. The move itself was a bit of a head scratcher, as Urias was not swinging well in El Paso and will now platoon with Kinsler at the position.
For a young player, especially one in an offensive funk, playing time is vital. They must have consistent at-bats to figure it out. Kinsler is capable of taking a day or two off during the week, but Urias will have issues finding that coveted consistency with his swing if only playing part-time.
So what will the Padres do moving forward?
Kinsler is under contract for the next two seasons. Luis Urias looks like the future at the keystone position but needs time to develop. There are decisions to be made moving forward for Andy Green, and the answers are not easily accessible. In the meantime, Padre fans will probably see a calculated rotation of this duo at second base, and that is already driving the fan base crazy. Ian Kinsler needs to pick it up offensively, or he will be replaced by a young player who needs consistent playing time. The business side of the game is rough, but if a team wants to be considered relevant, tough decisions need to be made. Welcome to relevancy Padre fans.